Dems call on Trump to prioritize relief efforts on two Puerto Rican islands

Dems call on Trump to prioritize relief efforts on two Puerto Rican islands
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A group of 16 Democratic senators is calling on President Trump to send aid and relief to two Puerto Rican islands that were devastated by two hurricanes last month.

In a letter on Wednesday, the senators asked Trump to send relief to Vieques and Culebra and provide the two islands with “higher priority” in the wake of the two storms.

"The residents of Vieques and Culebra are U.S. citizens, and no fellow citizen should be left ‘clamoring for help,' " the lawmakers wrote. "They need help now, and we urge that you provide them with sufficient aid and assistance without further delay."

Sixteen senators in total signed the letter, including Minority Leader Charles SchumerCharles (Chuck) Ellis SchumerConscience protections for health-care providers should be standard Pension committee must deliver on retirement promise Dem super PAC launches ad defending Donnelly on taxes MORE (D-N.Y.) and Sens. Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth Ann WarrenFix the flaw in financial self-regulation Power struggle threatens to sink bank legislation Feinstein faces new pressure from left over CIA nominee MORE (D-Mass.), Bernie SandersBernard (Bernie) SandersSenate tees up Yemen vote for Tuesday Sanders supporters cancel Clinton protest Congress moving to end US involvement in Yemen MORE (I-Vt.) and Kamala HarrisKamala Devi HarrisSenate confirms Trump's border chief Do Dems need someone people like to beat Trump? Gun protests sweep nation as House passes school safety bill MORE (D-Calif.). The letter said the state of the populations on the two islands is “profoundly worrying.” The senators note a report that said Vieques has been without power and water for more than a week.

“We remain deeply concerned about the entire relief and recovery effort taking place in Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands,” the senators said. “The situations in Vieques and Culebra are especially worrisome.”

Trump is scheduled to travel to Puerto Rico on Tuesday for his first trip since two hurricanes that ravaged the island last month.

Some Democratic lawmakers have criticized the president for his administration's relief efforts in Puerto Rico.