TRUMP PUSHES BACK AS CONGRESS PREPARES TO APPROVE PUERTO RICO AID

OF THAT AMOUNT, 4.9 BILLION IS EARMARKED FOR LOANS TO LOCAL GOVERNMENTS TO ENSURE THAT THE CASH-STRAPPED PUERTO RICO CAN KEEP GOVERNMENT PROGRAMS OPERATING BEYOND OCT. 31.

PUERTO RICO IS BURDENED WITH NEARLY 72 BILLION IN PRE-HURRICANE DEBT THAT IS BEING OVERSEEN BY A FEDERALLY CREATED OVERSIGHT BOARD.

The bill includes $18.7 billion for the Federal Emergency Management Agency's disaster relief fund.
Of that amount, $4.9 billion is earmarked for loans to local governments to ensure that the cash-strapped Puerto Rico can keep government programs operating beyond Oct. 31.
But Trump, in several Twitter posts early on Thursday criticized Puerto Rico for "a total lack of "accountability," saying "electric and all infrastructure was disaster before hurricanes."

U.S. President Donald Trump on Thursday pushed back against federal aid for Puerto Rico as the U.S. House of Representatives prepared to weigh $36.5 billion in emergency relief for the U.S. territory and other hurricane-hit...

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