Officials said the money for food aid in Puerto Rico will end in March. Without funding, 1.5 million local people will lose food aid in whole or in part.
Earlier, Congress allocated more than a billion dollars, but this money will suffice until March 2019. Local residents are asking for funding, since most of them receive only minimal benefits. Last December, Puerto Rico's governor asked Congress for 600 million dollars to eliminate all the consequences of hurricanes. After that, Donald Trump stated that this program provides only "unnecessary expenses".
“We cannot help everyone. First of all, we need to think about Americans, who need this money, too,” said the U.S. President. Without this funding, poverty in Puerto Rico will increase by almost 3 times. Experts say the U.S. government can prevent the development of poverty by providing financial assistance to eliminate all natural disasters. Sen. Rick Scott proposed an amendment to the Senate package and provided Puerto Rico with the necessary assistance. Senate will review this amendment this week.