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The House is on track to backing President Donald Trump's request for billions more in disaster aid, $16 billion to pay flood insurance claims and emergency funding to help the cash-strapped government of Puerto Rico stay afloat.

"The Post wrote in its editorial that a majority of the population in Puerto Rico is still without power; many don't have access to clean water". A cargo plane chartered by MLB was set to take off Thursday morning, NY1 reports. Angry about the criticism, he has sought to refocus blame to where he believes it belongs - the leadership of the island itself, which in his view mismanaged its affairs long before the winds blew apart its infrastructure.

"It is time to stop treating the people of Puerto Rico like second-class citizens".

Celebrities and politicians have responded to the threat by arguing that Puerto Rico needs more aid, not less (obviously).

About 19,000 civilian and military service personnel are working in recovery efforts in Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands, FEMA has said, according to NPR and NBC News.

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"‎We think it's critical that we pass this legislation this week to get the people of California the help they need, to support the victims, and also to help the communities still recovering and dealing with the problems with the hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Maria", House Speaker Paul Ryan told reporters Wednesday.

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Trump's comments had prompted swift condemnation from some Democratic lawmakers, who said threatening to withdraw help from Puerto Rico would amount to abandoning U.S. citizens as the island struggles with the storm's aftermath.

"It's not easy when you're used to live in an American way of life, and then somebody tell you that you're going to be without power for six or eight months", said Resident Commissioner Jenniffer Gonzalez-Colon, who represents Puerto Rico as a non-voting member of Congress. "It's not easy when you are continue to suffer - see the suffering of the people without food, without water, and actually living in a humanitarian crisis".

But conservatives argued that the longer Congress waits, the less excuse it has for not finding spending offsets. Puerto Rico has about 24 industrial waste sites contaminated by industries including pesticides and battery recycling.

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The tweets conflicted with Trump's past statements on Puerto Rico.

The legislative aid package totals $36.5 billion and sticks close to a White House request.

Hurricane Maria struck Sept. 20.

The Federal Emergency Management Agency can (and does) stay involved in disaster relief for years after major catastrophes.

Republican and Democratic lawmakers agreed that additional help would likely be needed.

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