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After Hurricanes Irma and Maria, Ed visited the island with members of the Massachusetts congressional delegation to survey the damage. Senator Markey acted swiftly, joining lawmakers in repeatedly demanding an accurate count of the fatalities that resulted from Hurricane Maria and its aftermath.

Ed also voted for a $36.5 billion relief package that included critical funding for Puerto Rico in the wake of the storms, and later continued to demand the Trump administration release the $18 billion dollars in aid they withheld from the island. Senator Markey also pledged to find a long-term housing solution for displaced storm survivors, which is why he introduced the Housing Victims of Major Disasters Act of 2018.

Ed understands Puerto Ricans are living on the frontlines of climate change and that devastating hurricanes will likely become more frequent. That is why he is an original cosponsor of the National Commission on the Federal Response to Natural Disasters in Puerto Rico Act of 2019, which establishes a commission to investigate the federal government’s management of Hurricanes Irma and Maria.

Senator Markey has also fought to ensure Puerto Ricans looking to evacuate in natural disasters could do so safely and affordably. Before Hurricane Irma made landfall in September 2017, he and Senator Richard Blumenthal demanded airlines halt price gouging. In January 2020, after Puerto Rico was rattled by a string of powerful earthquakes, Ed again joined lawmakers to advocate for consumers and condemn skyrocketing flight prices.

Ed is constantly battling Donald Trump’s bigotry and has pushed for the federal government to give Puerto Ricans equal treatment. That is why he introduced legislation to prevent the president from diverting aid appropriated for the island to build his racist border wall, and co-sponsored a bill that would allow Puerto Ricans to receive equal Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits.

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