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Politics Presidential debate moderators should ask about Puerto Rico

00:10  24 september  2020
00:10  24 september  2020 Source:   thehill.com

The White House is expected to announce massive disaster relief for Puerto Rico 3 years after Trump tossed paper towels to survivors of Hurricane Maria

  The White House is expected to announce massive disaster relief for Puerto Rico 3 years after Trump tossed paper towels to survivors of Hurricane Maria While visiting the island in 2017 following the hurricane, Trump threw paper towels into a crowd of reporters and hurricane survivors.Begnaud reported that the package would be the largest disaster aid in US history. He reported that Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer and Rep. Nydia Valesquez said a $10 billion package was approved to rebuild the Puerto Rico Electric Power grid after its destruction in Hurricane Maria three years ago.

The 2020 United States presidential debates between the major candidates in the 2020 United States presidential election are being sponsored by the Commission on Presidential Debates (CPD).

9 questions about Puerto Rico ’s political crisis you were too embarrassed to ask . President Trump is still really upset that Puerto Ricans haven’t shown him the respect he thinks he deserves During the first Democratic presidential primary debates earlier this month in Miami, moderators and

This past week seems to have drawn strong conflicting emotions among Americans, not only with the news of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg passing, but also because of the attention that both presidential campaigns are giving to Puerto Rico.

a group of people posing for the camera: Presidential debate moderators should ask about Puerto Rico © Getty Images Presidential debate moderators should ask about Puerto Rico

Despite three years having passed since Hurricane María pummeled Puerto Rico, there are many people still suffering from its aftermath, especially as relief and recovery efforts have been ever so slow. Surprisingly, both President Trump and the Biden campaign unveiled their ideas on how to help Puerto Rico after María.

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Puerto Rico becoming a U.S state could potentially provide an impoverished island with a fighting chance at equality, but at hefty The U.S. currently controls Puerto Rico ’s external affairs and federal regulations, yet Puerto Ricans are ineligible to vote in the U.S. presidential elections and have only

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These new policy offerings may bring solace to those who were impacted by the hurricane. However, it would not be surprising if Puerto Rican voters living in battleground states ask candidates about the government's level of attention these past three years. The presidential candidates should answer these questions from moderators and audience members in the upcoming presidential debates.

In many ways, Puerto Rico is a case study on the U.S. government's response to current and future large scale disasters. The Trump administration just announced funding for FEMA's emergency electrical infrastructure - three years after the storm; wouldn't it be just and proper to ask if this response was timely given the magnitude of the damage and need? The Biden campaign also announced a comprehensive recovery plan for Puerto Rico, but it remains to be seen whether the candidates will debate about details of their plans.

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  Puerto Rico sees more pain, little progress 3 years after Hurricane Maria "I can tell you that Puerto Rico's recovery, if it can be called that, didn't come thanks to the government," said a community social worker on the island."There was some rain, but there was no indication that they were dangerous. All the neighbors were at home. No one expected this," said Perez, 35. Despite his efforts to gather neighbors and clean up clogged sewers, community members say they have long lacked proper maintenance. Several families lost everything after six feet of water rushed into their homes, he said.

Moderators have yet to be announced for the event, but according to the CPD, they will be As for the second presidential debate , the format will be more of a town hall meeting, and questions will come "I don't think that there should be any debates ," said Pelosi. "I do not think that the president of the

The political status of Puerto Rico , with very good reason, is one of the most confusing things about the Puerto Rico competes separately in the Olympics. The US Postal Service considers shipments to False, false. Several people have asked me if Puerto Rico is located on continental Central

Although these policies, announcements and plans may be good steps to address the long delayed aid, the ramifications go beyond Puerto Rico. How natural disasters are managed by the federal government is a concern for all of us across the country. Natural disasters such as floods or droughts that impact the middle of the country, hurricanes and erosion in the Eastern Seaboard, mega snowstorms in the North and super fires in the West are becoming common and larger in scale. Federal response effectiveness is not only an issue for U.S. territories in the Caribbean or in the Pacific. Presidential candidates should be asked about this issue in all the upcoming debates.

People want to know if they can trust their leaders to act on the peoples' needs immediately and not based on political calculations. Natural disasters and health pandemics are becoming more complex; are our presidential candidates ready to meet the task at hand and tell us their plans? As with the pandemic response, there is a danger to the cohesion of our country and civility to each other if we start to question whether government relief and recovery funding efforts are not determined by need but on politics.

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The 2020 Puerto Rico Democratic presidential primary took place on July 12, 2020. The primary was scheduled to take place on Sunday, March 29, 2020

Puerto Rico spent centuries as a Spanish colony, before it was taken by US troops in July 1898 and ceded by a treaty in 1899. Most other territories seized by the US in the course of the Spanish-American War, such as Cuba and the Philippines, have since become independent.

One does not want to read that a president is considering taking needed emergency funding from states to use them on projects that might help them gain political points. It will be an awful precedent that can lead to future presidents continuing policies akin to what's good for the goose is good for the gander. Americans in states and territories expect to be treated fairly by federal agencies regardless of where they live, particularly in moments of great necessity.

Earlier in the campaign season, during the democratic party presidential debates, there was little mention of Puerto Rico. Events this past week have raised Puerto Rico as a national issue with electoral ramifications among Puerto Rican populations in Florida, Pennsylvania and Ohio.

As the moderators of the debates question the presidential candidates, I hope they ask some questions beyond the deficit, the Supreme Court or health care. I encourage them to ask why Puerto Rico has been subjected to many funding disparities and what is their plan to change that reality. Is it time for new laws and a new structure that help FEMA be more capable of handling the new and larger challenges ahead?

We can honor and remember the victims of María by demanding words and actions of those who will wield the power to do something positive about it.

Max J. Trujillo is president of MJTPOLICY LLC, a strategic policy and government relations consulting firm. He is a former senior policy advisor for Rep. Nydia Velázquez (D-N.Y.).

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