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Tell Congress: Puerto Ricans need government help now

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Tell Congress: Puerto Ricans need government help now

To be delivered to The United States House of Representatives and The United States Senate

Petition Statement

Hurricane Maria ravaged Puerto Rico last September, and hundreds of thousands of people still don't have power to turn on a light, stock a refrigerator, or take a hot shower. Thousands of homes are destroyed, rural areas are still isolated, small businesses are not operating, and there's an ever-increasing migration of Puerto Ricans to the U.S. mainland.

It's clear that the federal government's response to the disaster in Puerto Rico has been painfully slow and not commensurate with the hurricane response in Texas and Florida. The people of Puerto Rico need help now—it's part of the United States too!
There are currently 210,525 signatures. NEW goal - We need 225,000 signatures!

Petition Background

Puerto Rico needs a lifeline that only Congress and the Trump administration can provide. The list of needed actions is short, straightforward and agreed upon by Puerto Ricans of all political stripes. Please sign this petition to amplify the voices of those on the island who are still—quite literally—powerless.

Here are areas Congress must address to help Puerto Rico:

Taxes
Since the now-passed tax reform legislation treats Puerto Rico as a foreign jurisdiction, tell Congress they must remedy that immediately as well making tax benefits and incentives like the Child Tax Credit and Earned Income Tax Credit available for Puerto Rico's working families.

Healthcare
3.4 million Americans live on the island, but Puerto Rico receives only a small portion of the Medicaid funding that it would qualify for as a state. The island’s hospitals and health centers are struggling in the wake of the storm. We all have watched in horror how the death toll has been undercounted—by perhaps 1,000 people, according to credible estimates. With the health of so many at risk, let's provide Medicaid parity while streamlining enrollment to many who are not working and need health care.

Relief package
Congress must move quickly on the $94 billion aid package requested by the Puerto Rican government. The initial $5 billion aid package was far short of what is needed. Incredible partnerships with groups like the Hispanic Federation were made possible by the generosity of everyday Americans—including so many MoveOn members. That helped to provide food and water. But that's not enough.

Debt relief
Puerto Rico's creditors should do the right thing and walk away. It is the only way forward. Anything short of full debt forgiveness would be a brutal form of economic punishment to a people already suffering.

There's no shortage of compassion and goodwill for Puerto Rico among the American people. But it must be matched by the recognition of our government that the American citizens of Puerto Rico need, demand, and require equal treatment.

Please sign this petition to join the work Power 4 Puerto Rico and I are doing to help Puerto Ricans.

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