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March 18, 2018

Trump extends Disaster funds for Puerto Rico

President Donald Trump extended additional disaster funds for Puerto Rico for debris removal and other emergency assistance, the island’s government announced Friday.

“The recovery efforts on the island is ongoing. Extending the availability of these funds shows the confidence of the federal government on the recovery work that is being done by the Government of Puerto Rico,” Gov. Ricardo Rosselló said in a statement.

The White House said the federal Public Assistance program — which provided 100 percent cost sharing on the island after Hurricane Maria — had expired under the 180-day period from the date of the disaster declaration on Sept. 26, 2017.

The cost-sharing federal assistance was extended 90 more days for the debris removal program and 60 more days for the emergency protective measures, including life-threatening situations, public health or safety or further property damage. Keep Reading>>