HARTFORD, Conn. (WTNH) — Senator Richard Blumenthal is visiting Puerto Rico Friday, as people here in Connecticut are offering help to the people of the island devastated by multiple natural disasters. During his visit, Blumenthal vowed to fight for fairness in Washington to help the residents of Puerto Rico.
In 2017, Hurricanes Maria and Irma slammed the island and in recent weeks there have been earthquakes.
Eighty percent of the schools on the island are still closed because of the damage.
Blumenthal acknowledged a group of professionals from New Haven’s northeast medical group who recently traveled down there to offer help. That was thanks to donations and the Stamford-based Americares.
“The houses that we saw, the stories of the people telling us that my house fell down after the hurricane and now it’s 2 1/2 years later and things got even worse,” said Marietta Vazquez, Yale Pediatrics.
“I’m going to Puerto Rico to shine a light on the plight of the children on the island to make America aware of this national scandal to show the disgrace and shame,” said Blumenthal.
According to Blumenthal, only a fraction of aid from the United States has been sent down to Puerto Rico to help with recovery efforts. He’s hoping the trip will send a message to Washington.
“Washington D.C. has failed Puerto Rico…The people of Puerto Rico deserve better and more from America. They are fellow Americans. And this type of destruction needs to be repaired.”– Senator Richard Blumenthal (D-CT)
Blumenthal officially called for bold rebuild initiative Monday during a news conference in Hartford.