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Statement from U.S Deputy Secretary of Commerce and Puerto Rico Economic Growth Coordinator Don Graves on Hurricane Fiona

“Hurricane Maria wrought devastation upon Puerto Rico five years ago. As we approach this solemn anniversary, Puerto Rico is once again sustaining severe weather, this time from Hurricane Fiona. The storm has caused disastrous, life-threatening flooding and left the archipelago completely without power. The Biden Administration has acted swiftly in issuing an emergency declaration for Puerto Rico and providing Federal assistance.  

“Puerto Rico has long embodied a tenacious resilience. I saw this firsthand just last month in San Juan, when I met with Governor Pierluisi, local community leaders, and business leaders to discuss the administration’s commitment to make Puerto Rico’s economic recovery and development a priority. I have been in contact with the Governor during the current crisis and will continue to do so to monitor the situation on the island.  We remain steadfast in our commitment to the people of Puerto Rico and will continue to work with Puerto Rico’s government and institutions on this road to recovery.”

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