Ryan leading bipartisan delegation to Puerto Rico

Ryan leading bipartisan delegation to Puerto Rico
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Speaker Paul RyanPaul Davis RyanGOP leaders pitch children's health funding in plan to avert shutdown Lawmakers see shutdown’s odds rising Fix what we’ve got and make Medicare right this year MORE (R-Wis.) will lead a bipartisan delegation to Puerto Rico on Friday to view the damage from Hurricane Maria, his office said.

Ryan’s visit is expected to follow a vote in the House this week to approve at least $29 billion in aid for communities affected by recent hurricanes and wildfires.

Puerto Rico had been hit by Hurricane Irma last month before Hurricane Maria subsequently ravaged the U.S. territory. Most of the island remains without power, and many residents lack adequate food or water supplies.

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Ryan will travel to Puerto Rico with House Appropriations Committee Chairman Rodney FrelinghuysenRodney Procter FrelinghuysenGOP angst over midterms grows House Democrats add seven candidates to 'Red-to-Blue' program Rep. Steve Womack said to have 'inside track' on key gavel MORE (R-N.J.) and the panel’s top Democrat, Rep. Nita Lowey (N.Y.). Puerto Rico’s nonvoting representative in Congress, Jenniffer González-Colón (R), and House GOP Conference Chairwoman Cathy McMorris RodgersCathy McMorris RodgersDems face hard choice for State of the Union response Overnight Finance: GOP celebrates as final tax vote nears | Senate expected to pass bill tonight | Why the House needs to vote again | Panel rejects Trump pick to head Ex-Im | All major banks pass Fed 'living will' test Trump congratulates House GOP on passing tax bill MORE (Wash.) are also expected to attend.

Ryan is expected to hold a news conference while in Puerto Rico and meet with local officials and emergency personnel.

The Trump administration requested $29 billion for disaster relief last week, which includes $12.8 billion for the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s disaster relief fund, $16 billion for debt relief for the federal flood insurance program and $576.5 for wildfire recovery.

The House is expected to vote on legislation this week that meets that request.

Puerto Rico Gov. Ricardo Rosselló is also asking Congress for an additional $4.6 billion in federal grant and loan programs.

Other members of Congress have already traveled to Puerto Rico to survey the hurricane damage. Sens. Bob Menendez (D-N.J.) and Marco RubioMarco Antonio RubioOvernight Cybersecurity: Bipartisan bill aims to deter election interference | Russian hackers target Senate | House Intel panel subpoenas Bannon | DHS giving 'active defense' cyber tools to private sector Senators unveil bipartisan push to deter future election interference Puerto Rico's children need recovery funds MORE (R-Fla.), as well as Rep. Luis Gutiérrez (D-Ill.), were among the first to travel to the island.

Another bipartisan congressional delegation viewed the recovery efforts over the weekend, including Reps. Stephanie Murphy (D-Fla.), Bennie Thompson (D-Miss.) and Lloyd Smucker (R-Pa.), as well as Sens. Ron JohnsonRonald (Ron) Harold JohnsonGOP senators eager for Romney to join them The House needs to help patients from being victimized by antiquated technology Comey’s original Clinton memo released, cites possible violations MORE (R-Wis.), Cory GardnerCory Scott GardnerDurbin: Senators to release immigration bill Wednesday GOP senators eager for Romney to join them Gardner: Bipartisan DACA solution possible despite Trump's 's---hole countries' comment MORE (R-Colo.), Tim KaineTimothy (Tim) Michael KaineSenate campaign fundraising reports roll in Afghanistan moves reignite war authorization debate Ralph Northam sworn in as Virginia governor MORE (D-Va.), Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.) and Kirsten GillibrandKirsten Elizabeth GillibrandTrump thinks he could easily beat Sanders in 2020 match-up: report Listen: EMILY’s List upbeat about Dem House in '19 Desperate Democrats shouldn't settle for Oprah MORE (D-N.Y.).