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Новости США за 60 секунд. 4 ноября 2017 года
Есть ли смысл дискутировать об имущественном неравенстве в ситуации не равного права на жизнь? Это хорошая постановка вопроса. Тут есть над чем подумать. За 17 путинских лет монархия, как тип правления, превратилась из фигуры речи в достаточно точно соответствующее действительности описание сословного общества, в котором люди разных каст имеют совершенно разные права. Так высшим сословиям (чиновники, ФСБ, армия) можно, к примеру, безнаказанно сбивать представителей низших сословий на дороге или подстреливать на охоте. Поэтому бороться, наверное, имеет смысл с монархией то есть, сверхпрезидентской системой власти, замкнутой на одного человека, которая порождает архаичные практики и является причиной как имущественного, так и правового неравенстваhttps://goo.gl/8Whz7W
Ежедневный Журнал: В любой непонятной ситуации иди в президенты
Санкции смешные, но оцените название: “Закон о жертвах коррумпированных иностранных правительств”.
“Русский мир” пожирает сам себя.
Люди пришли на Русский марш, но полиция не успела всех обыскать до начала марша и задержала 40 человек из тех, кого они не успели обыскать до закрытия рамок.
Photo – А в Питере прошел Мертвый марш.https://goo.gl/erZnA7
Трамп: “Никто не должен недооценивать решимость США”
США не хотят конфликта резолюций по миротворцам в Донбассе
80 лет звездам Кремля: кто их зажигает и ради кого их гасят?
В городах России задержали свыше 200 сторонников Мальцева
Новая Газета: В Москве на Манежной площади задержали более 200 человек
Каспаров.Ru: В центре Москвы задержаны около 200 человек
Более 260 человек задержаны в центре Москвы
Новая Газета: Прокуратура Татарстана признала незаконным обязательное изучение татарского языка
В шести городах РФ на митингах оппозиции задержали более 230 человек (ФОТО) – Голос UA
FBI reportedly investigating Whitefish Energy’s Puerto Rico power contract
Puerto Rico, lost in limbo – The Week Magazine
Puerto Rican statehood is necessary for hurricane damage and debt to be resolved – The Wellesley News
Statehood For Puerto Rico Now – HuffPost
How Hurricanes have affected the Puerto Rico status discussion – Pasquines
Being a US territory should mean something – LGBT Weekly
Statehood for Puerto Ricans: Billions More in US Programsand in Taxes – Wall Street Journal
House Committee Reviews Emergency Response and Energy Infrastructure Recovery Efforts
President Trump Orders Hundreds of Millions More Aid

Saved Stories – None 
Новости США за 60 секунд. 4 ноября 2017 года

From: golosamerikius
Duration: 01:16

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Есть ли смысл дискутировать об имущественном неравенстве в ситуации не равного права на жизнь? Это хорошая постановка вопроса. Тут есть над чем подумать. За 17 путинских лет монархия, как тип правления, превратилась из фигуры речи в достаточно точно соответствующее действительности описание сословного общества, в котором люди разных каст имеют совершенно разные права. Так высшим сословиям (чиновники, ФСБ, армия) можно, к примеру, безнаказанно сбивать представителей низших сословий на дороге или подстреливать на охоте. Поэтому бороться, наверное, имеет смысл с монархией то есть, сверхпрезидентской системой власти, замкнутой на одного человека, которая порождает архаичные практики и является причиной как имущественного, так и правового неравенстваhttps://goo.gl/8Whz7W

Есть ли смысл дискутировать об имущественном неравенстве в ситуации не равного права на жизнь? Это хорошая постановка вопроса. Тут есть над чем подумать. За 17 путинских лет монархия, как тип правления, превратилась из фигуры речи в достаточно точно соответствующее действительности описание сословного общества, в котором люди разных каст имеют совершенно разные права. Так высшим сословиям (чиновники, ФСБ, армия) можно, к примеру, безнаказанно сбивать представителей низших сословий на дороге или подстреливать на охоте. Поэтому бороться, наверное, имеет смысл с монархией то есть, сверхпрезидентской системой власти, замкнутой на одного человека, которая порождает архаичные практики и является причиной как имущественного, так и правового неравенства
https://goo.gl/8Whz7W

Из какой касты будешь

Владислав Иноземцев о том, какое неравенство опаснее имущественного

Ежедневный Журнал: В любой непонятной ситуации иди в президенты

Ежедневный Журнал: В любой непонятной ситуации иди в президенты
Санкции смешные, но оцените название: “Закон о жертвах коррумпированных иностранных правительств”.

Санкции смешные, но оцените название: “Закон о жертвах коррумпированных иностранных правительств”.

Грани.Ру: Канада в соответствии с “законом Магнитского” ввела санкции в отношении 30 россиян

Власти Канады ввели санкции в отношении 30 граждан России в соответствии с недавно принятым в стране аналогом “закона Магнитского”. В список вошли глава СКР Александр Бастрыкин, бывший замминистра внутренних дел Алексей Аничин и другие лица, причастные к гибели в СИЗО Сергея Магнитского. В санкционн…

“Русский мир” пожирает сам себя.

“Русский мир” пожирает сам себя.

Грани.Ру | Роман Манекин

52 года. Житель Донецка, гражданин России. Политолог, журналист, аккредитованный иностранный корреспондент российского МИДа. Активный участник “русской весны” в Донбассе, консультант первого “правительства ДНР”.

Люди пришли на Русский марш, но полиция не успела всех обыскать до начала марша и задержала 40 человек из тех, кого они не успели обыскать до закрытия рамок.

Люди пришли на Русский марш, но полиция не успела всех обыскать до начала марша и задержала 40 человек из тех, кого они не успели обыскать до закрытия рамок.

Грани.Ру: У участников “Русского марша” отобрали баннеры

Полиция при досмотре участников “Русского марша” в Люблине отобрала у них “несогласованные” баннеры. Четверо из пяти организаторов отказались проводить акцию в таких условиях. Однако около 200 националистов все же начали шествие. Сотрудники ОМОН задержали двоих активистов за призыв не участвовать в

Photo – А в Питере прошел Мертвый марш.https://goo.gl/erZnA7

А в Питере прошел Мертвый марш.
https://goo.gl/erZnA7

Трамп: “Никто не должен недооценивать решимость США”

From: euronewsru
Duration: 01:20

Президент США Дональд Трамп начал свое азиатское турне в Японии. Самолет главы американского государства приземлился на военной базе США “Йокота” близ Токио. Сразу после прилета Трамп выступил перед военнослужащими в куртке пилота, которую получил из рук командующего ВС США в Японии Джерри Мартинеса. Он отметил важную роль базы “Йокота” в обеспечении безопасности в Азиатско-Тихоокеанском регионе.

“Никто, ни один диктатор, никакой режим или нация не должны недооценивать решимость США. Время от в
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США не хотят конфликта резолюций по миротворцам в Донбассе

Спецпредставитель Госдепартамента США по Украине предложил Киеву попробовать достичь договоренности с Москвой по резолюции о миротворцах.
80 лет звездам Кремля: кто их зажигает и ради кого их гасят?

From: BBCRussian
Duration: 02:27

80 лет назад над Кремлем зажглись рубиновые звезды. Они установлены на пяти башнях.
Звезды, ставшие символом Советского Союза, создавали в Донбассе местные стекольщики.
За всю историю звезды на Кремле гасли дважды: во время Великой Отечественной войны и по указу первого президента России Бориса Ельцина во время съемок фильма “Сибирский цирюльник” Никиты Михалкова.
Русская служба Би-би-си выяснила, во сколько обходится содержание рубиновых звезд.

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В городах России задержали свыше 200 сторонников Мальцева

В ряде городов РФ задерживают сторонников лидера движения “Артподготовка” Вячеслава Мальцева. Оппозиционер призывал устроить 5 ноября “революцию”. Накануне акции также прошли задержания и обыски.
Новая Газета: В Москве на Манежной площади задержали более 200 человек

 Новая Газета

Каспаров.Ru: В центре Москвы задержаны около 200 человек

В центре Москвы на Манежной площади и в районе Тверского бульвара начались задержания.

 Каспаров.Ru

Более 260 человек задержаны в центре Москвы

В числе задержанных в Москве оказался и корреспондент «Эха Москвы» Андрей Ежов, которого полиция приняла за одного из сторонников Вячеслава Мальцева и забрала в отделение.
Новая Газета: Прокуратура Татарстана признала незаконным обязательное изучение татарского языка

 Новая Газета

В шести городах РФ на митингах оппозиции задержали более 230 человек (ФОТО) – Голос UA


Голос UA
В шести городах РФ на митингах оппозиции задержали более 230 человек (ФОТО)
Голос UA
В воскресенье, 5 ноября, в России проходят массовые задержания активистов, в Санкт-Петербурге заявляют о введении контртеррористической операции. В Москве основные задержания происходят на Манежной площади, где ранее было несколько масштабных протестных акций.

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FBI reportedly investigating Whitefish Energy’s Puerto Rico power contract

Bureau said to be looking into how the Montana company, which has just two full-time employees, won contract despite never having handled similar project

The FBI is reportedly investigating the $300m contract awarded seemingly without tender by Puerto Ricos power utility to Whitefish Energy, a Montana company which had just two full-time employees.

According to the Wall Street Journal, the FBIs San Juan field office is looking into how Whitefish was awarded the contract to rebuild Puerto Ricos shattered power infrastructure despite never having handled a similar project in the past. The Guardian has contacted the FBI for confirmation of the investigation.

Related: Puerto Rico is on the brink of a humanitarian crisis. Where is the media? | Susanne Ramirez de Arellano

Related: Ryan Zinke: cowboy in Trump’s cabinet taking aim at America’s public lands

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Puerto Rico, lost in limbo – The Week Magazine


The Week Magazine
Puerto Rico, lost in limbo
The Week Magazine
Puerto Rico was declared an “unincorporated territory” different from the Alaskan and Hawaiian incorporated territories and the path to statehood was closed off. Unlike Plessy v. Ferguson, the Insular Cases, as these rulings are known, were never …

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Puerto Rican statehood is necessary for hurricane damage and debt to be resolved – The Wellesley News


The Wellesley News
Puerto Rican statehood is necessary for hurricane damage and debt to be resolved
The Wellesley News
The United States has the necessary resources to help Puerto Rico. Puerto Rico has already met all of the quali cations of becoming a state, as a result, President Donald J. Trump should reconsider his policy decision against Puerto Rican statehood and …
Fox News Poll: Support for Puerto Rican statehood increases in wake of MariaFox News
FORUM2: Should Puerto Rico become our 51st state? NO: Puerto …Fredericksburg.com
Neither states nor nations, Puerto Rico and Virgin Islands face rocky storm recoveryMcClatchy Washington Bureau
New York Magazine –Live Science –WJLA –Yahoo
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Statehood For Puerto Rico Now – HuffPost


HuffPost
Statehood For Puerto Rico Now
HuffPost
There is wide consensus that what has happened in Puerto Rico is a disaster in every sense. The Trump administration has rightly been faulted for its slow and insufficient response to the hurricane damage. In particular, where were the helicopters 
Fox News Poll: Support for Puerto Rican statehood increases in wake of MariaFox News
Puerto Rican statehood is necessary for hurricane damage and debt to be resolvedThe Wellesley News
FORUM2: Should Puerto Rico become our 51st state? NO: Puerto Rican statehood is no silver bulletFredericksburg.com
McClatchy Washington BureauNew York MagazineYahoo
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How Hurricanes have affected the Puerto Rico status discussion – Pasquines


Pasquines
How Hurricanes have affected the Puerto Rico status discussion
Pasquines
It’s been a few long months for Puerto Rico following the plebiscite earlier this summer. Puerto Rico’s statehood movement feels like it’s on shaky ground since the hurricanes hit. The rebuilding process is taking longer than necessary since the Jones 
History will repeat itself in Puerto Rico following hurricane’s aftermathStatesman Journal
The Whitefish contract in Puerto Rico shows the real cost of bad governmentWashington Post
FBI Is Probing Puerto Rico Power ContractWall Street Journal

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Being a US territory should mean something – LGBT Weekly


LGBT Weekly
Being a US territory should mean something
LGBT Weekly
Some say the reason Puerto Rico hasn’t launched an all-out campaign to attain statehood is because some leaders in your local government and within the business elite class want a non-existent status called developed commonwealth. According to …

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Statehood for Puerto Ricans: Billions More in US Programsand in Taxes – Wall Street Journal


Wall Street Journal
Statehood for Puerto Ricans: Billions More in US Programsand in Taxes
Wall Street Journal
Even before Puerto Rico was devastated in September by Hurricane Maria, the island existed in a strange netherworld. Its residents are U.S. citizens, but they can’t vote for president. They pay payroll taxes, but not income taxes. They receive benefits 
As Puerto Rico Left Reeling from Hurricane Maria, Banks Left Scrambling for Cash Hurricane Forex Focus

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House Committee Reviews Emergency Response and Energy Infrastructure Recovery Efforts

The House Committee on Energy and Commerce held a hearing today on the federal response to the 2017 hurricane season.  The hearing provided information to help assess energy infrastructure response and recovery efforts under the varying circumstances of the four hurricanes that made landfall this past season, including information concerning the use of the Strategic Petroleum Reserve in energy supply emergencies.

The following issues were examined at the hearing:

  • Coordination of Federal/State/Industry emergency response and restoration;
  • Assuring future critical energy infrastructure protection;
  • Preparation for fuel and electricity supply disruptions;
  • Emergency waivers; and
  • Strategic Petroleum Reserve modernization

The following representatives were present at the hearing: Chairman Fred Upton (R-MI), Rep. Pete Olson (R-TX), Rep. Bob Latta (R-OH), Rep. Bill Johnson (R-OH), Rep. Dave Loebsack (D-IA), Rep. McKinley (R-WV), Rep. John Sarbanes (D-MD), Rep. Billy Long (R-MO), Rep. Paul Tonko (D-NY), Rep. Gus Bilirakis (R-FL), Rep. Gene Green (D-TX), Rep. Greg Harper (R-MS), Rep. Markwayne Mullin (R-OK), Rep. Bobby Rush (D-IL), Rep. Greg Walden (R-OR), Rep. Frank Pallone Jr. (D-NJ), Rep. John Shimkus (R-IL), Rep. Jerry McNerney (D-CA), Rep. Michael Doyle (D-PA), Rep. Kathy Castor (D-FL), and Rep. Morgan Griffith (R-VA).

Rep. Frank Pallone Jr., in his opening statement, called to action FEMA for lack of involvement in contract negotiations with Whitefish. Pallone also stated that there needs to be an assessment of how the federal government can invest wisely in rebuilding the power grid in Puerto Rico, through innovative was or privatization.

The following witnesses gave their prepared testimony regarding to Puerto Rico:

Ms. Patricia Hoffman, Acting Under Secretary for Science and Energy and Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary for the Office of Electricity Delivery and Energy Reliability, U.S. Department of Energy: Hurricane Maria made landfall in Puerto Rico as a Category 4 hurricane on September 20, bringing powerful winds and major flooding that destroyed much of the territorys transmission and distribution infrastructure and left virtually all 1.6 million electricity customers on the island without power. According to initial estimates from the Puerto Rico Electric Power Authority (PREPA), at least 80 percent of the transmission and distribution system was affected by Hurricane Maria. However, as of October 31, 33.4% of normal peak load has been restored. While this figure has little bearing on customer-level outcomes, it may be the best proxy available to measure progress in this challenging environment. In Puerto Rico, the United States Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) has assumed a significant role in the emergency restoration of electrical infrastructure. USACE Temporary Emergency Power Planning and Response Teams are assisting with assessments and generator installations at critical facilities. In October, USACE was also tasked to lead planning, coordination, and integration efforts to support Puerto Rico with the restoration of the electrical power grid due to impacts caused by Hurricane Maria. USACE is managing this effort as the lead for Emergency Support Function #3 – Engineering and Public Works, in close coordination with DOE. DOE has a responder deployed to coordinate with FEMA as well as seven subject matter experts from the PMAs to provide technical support to USACE with restoration planning, cost estimates, validation, and quality assurance. Additionally, through DOE-funded projects, we are leveraging the expertise of our National Laboratories to develop potential long-term solutions to improve the resiliency of the Puerto Rican infrastructure. I want to assure the Committee that DOE will continue to support the work needed to restore power to the U.S. Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico.

Mr. Ray Alexander, Director of Contingency Operations, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers: FEMA has identified $1.7 billion in Mission Assignments for the Corps to assist in Hurricanes Irma and Maria response and recovery (45 Mission Assignments totaling $176.3 million for Hurricane Irma and 34 Mission Assignments totaling $1.5 billion for Hurricane Maria). Currently, the Corps has over 1,243 personnel deployed in various locations supporting the recovery missions. As of October 31, 2017, the Corps and its contractors have completed 740 of 827 requested pre-installation inspections (for temporary generators) and 392 generator installations in Puerto Rico. In order for the Corps and its contractors to install temporary covering (blue roof), the government and its contractors require validated rights of entry. In Puerto Rico, the Corps and its contractors have completed 3,986 blue roof installations and collected over 17,000 rights of entry. As of October 31, 2017, the Corps has removed approximately 141,000 cubic yards of the estimated over 1 million cubic yards of debris in the U.S. Virgin Islands and 62,500 cubic yards of the estimated over 6 million cubic yards of debris in Puerto Rico. In Puerto Rico, Corps Dam and Levee teams inspected 17 priority dam locations and Guajataca Dam was the only site deemed in critical condition. Hurricane Maria caused a significant rise in the water level of the dam, and resulted in overflow of the spillway. The spillway structure was compromised and the surrounding area began to erode, posing immediate risk to 70,000 residents. Corps teams placed over 500 Jersey barriers and over 1,300 super sand bags to cease any further erosion and allow for long-term repair of the spillway. Additionally, the Corps teams cleared existing outflow conduits and are positioning to place piping and pumps to further reduce the water level in the dam. When the water level reaches 25 feet below the spillway, more substantial repairs will begin. On September, 30 2017, the Corps was given a FEMA Mission Assignment, within the authority of the Stafford Act, to assist the Puerto Rico Electric Power Authority (PREPA) in further repairing the power system to its pre-storm condition. The Corps is conducting this mission.

Mr. Thomas Fanning, President and CEO, Southern Company, on behalf of The Electricity Subsector Coordinating Council: This hearing comes in response to a series of devastating events. In August, Hurricane Harveys high winds, torrential rains, and storm surge caused significant damage and catastrophic flooding in parts of Texas and Louisiana. Days later, Hurricane Irma devastated parts of the Caribbean, including the U.S. Virgin Islands and portions of Puerto Rico, and brought unprecedented damage to the southeastern United States. Every county in Florida was impacted by the storm, as well as parts of Alabama, Georgia, North Carolina, and South Carolina. 5 Following Irma, Hurricane Maria developed in the Atlantic Ocean as one of the strongest hurricanes on record. After impacting the U.S. Virgin Islands, Maria passed directly over Puerto Rico, knocking out power to the entire commonwealth. The work to restore power in Puerto Rico and in the Virgin Islands continues. Most tragically, each of these events resulted in the loss of life. Maria was the second Category 5 storm of the 2017 season and caused widespread destruction to all infrastructures on Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands, including the energy grid. Power restoration has been, and will continue to be, a challenging and complicated effort. The entire electric power industry continues to closely coordinate with its federal government partners to support these efforts. Unlike Hurricanes Harvey and Irma, mutual assistance has yet to be triggered in response to Maria. Mainland electric companies are ready to support the restoration and rebuild of Puerto Ricos infrastructure and provide any expertise, resources, crews, or materials needed to turn the lights on for our fellow Americans.

Mr. Ramon Luis Nieves, Attorney at Law, former member, Senate of Puerto Rico: In order to guarantee that federal funds to build a new energy grid are properly used and allocated, I propose that the Revitalization Coordinator and the PR Energy Commission be given sole authority over PREPA. PROMESA already mandates that the Revitalization Coordinator will work with the PR Energy Commission, so this proposal is a logical step. Neither Puerto Rico, nor the U.S. government, needs another Whitefish situation. Thank you for this opportunity. The people of Puerto Rico urgently need to turn the lights back on. But we also demand the resources to create a new energy model. Our lives depend on it.

Ms. Catherine Kennedy, Vice-President, National Nurses United: National Nurses United (NNU), with the Registered Nurse Response Network (RNRN), sent 50 registered nurses (RNs) to Puerto Rico to assist with Hurricane Maria disaster relief from October 4 to October 18, coordinating with a 300-union member relief delegation of the AFL-CIO. RN volunteers observed that, without access to power, basic medical services were down in many areas of Puerto Rico and not fully functioning in most others. An acute public health crisis has developed, including lack of refrigeration for medicine, exacerbation of respiratory illnesses, limited to no access to money or insurance for prescriptions, spread of dangerous waterborne bacterial disease, and failing generators in hospitals. Without power, people have had trouble accessing food and clean running water even if supplies are available because water treatment plants are not fully functioning and many electronic banking systems are inoperable. Lack of power created barriers for Puerto Ricans seeking FEMA aid and aid applications because aid applications and FEMA announcements rely on text, email, and web-based communications. RNs witnessed first-hand the dire conditions for Puerto Rican residents and the insufficient response from federal relief agencies in this disaster. NNU urges Congress to take the following actions immediately to prevent further erosion of public health conditions in Puerto Rico and to put the island back on a path to recovery.

During the question and answer section of the hearing, several members asked the witness panels about the Puerto Rico Electric Power Authority (PREPA) role in the restoration efforts.  Chairman Upton questioned to Mr. Alexander about the relationship the Corps has with PREPA. Upton stated that How has that gone? This committee has tried to contact PREPA by email and phone, there is no heartbeat. Mr. Alexander answered by saying that their mission is to restore the grid.  The Corps is working in collaboration with them to have well defined areas of operations and not working in each others areas. We are working with PREPA, not for PREPA, and for FEMA in coordination with PREPA, Alexander added.

Mr. Alexander continued his testimony throughout the hearing stating that the Corps was neither consulted nor aware of the Whitefish contract. When asked if he trusted PREPA, Alexander said that I do not have any reason to not trust them. In providing an estimated timeline for power restoration in Puerto Rico, Alexander stated that their goal is 50% by Nov. 30, 75% by Jan. 31. Alexander emphasized that the authority of the Corps stems from the Robert T. Stafford act, which only gives the Corps authority to restore the grid to its pre-storm form. Several members continually asked if the Corps is taking measures to rebuild the power grid in a more resilient manner, to which Alexander stated that they are not and that is under the Department of Energys authority.

During the hearing, the members had several questions that none of the witnesses could answer because there was not anyone representing FEMA. When Alexander was asked who was in charge of the situation in Puerto Rico, he answered: FEMA.

The Department of Energy is looking into long-term improvements to the grid; however any actual financing goes to the local utilities and the government of Puerto Rico.

Rep. John Shimkus (R-IL), after questioning the panel stated: We all know the history behind PREPA, bankruptcy, and their questionable practices. Throughout the hearing, PREPAs handling of the situation was heavily criticized. Rep. Michael Doyle (D-PA) stated: The idea that our citizens are going to go 3 more months without electricity is unconscionable.

Rep. Kathy Castor (D-FL) said that, Congress has an overarching responsibility to protect the tax payer from future losses by building a more resilient, modern, distributive grid with better technology. Hoffman stated that there needs to be an ability to work closely with PREPA to discuss what opportunities are available to modernize and rebuild the grid.

When addressing the death count in Puerto Rico, Ms. Kennedy stated that in her opinion the number of deaths would be on the higher side of 59 that the government says. In addition, Mr. Nieves says that the number of deaths around 59 deaths is misleading. Death toll in my view is in the hundreds, he added, People are dying today, not because of Hurricane Maria, but Hurricane PREPA.

I would call that criminal negligence, added Rep. Shimkus when referring to PREPAs inability to go through the standard procedure to ask for help and instead awarding the Whitefish contract. Nieves stated Congress needs to mandate where the tax payer money goes, bypassing PREPA and the government of Puerto Rico. Throughout the hearing, the common denominator among the witnesses and the members was the lack of transparency that PREPA has had with the federal government, and the need to address this issue in the future.

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President Trump Orders Hundreds of Millions More Aid

President Trump late yesterday reduced the Puerto Rico share of infrastructure rebuilding costs from damage done by Hurricane Maria to 10% from 25%. The amendment to his original declaration providing for disaster assistance could mean hundreds of millions of additional dollars for the effort to repair damaged or destroyed public works in the territory.

The basic Federal disaster assistance law sets Federal-local cost-sharing for infrastructure repair at 75%/25% but authorizes the President to waive the local share. Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) infrastructure repair assistance is generally provided on the 75%/25% basis. FEMA policy is that communities should have to pay at least 10% of repair costs for their infrastructure. After the last hurricane that caused serious damages throughout Puerto Rico in 1998, President Clinton lowered the local cost share to 10%.

According to FEMA, Trump authorized the additional assistance “conditioned upon having extra controls on project cost estimation and project management in place to facilitate the expeditious rebuilding of Puerto Ricos infrastructure, to allow for cost-effective activities that reduce risk of future damage, hardship, or suffering from a major disaster, and to ensure sound stewardship of federal tax dollars – in part an allusion to the Puerto Rico Electric Power Authoritys now-being-investigated and now-cancelled $300 million power lines repair contract with a two-person Montana company named Whitefish.

The recent disaster funding laws authorization for $4.9 billion in loans to Puerto Rico and the neighboring U.S. Virgin Islands included $150 million for the Puerto Rico share of matching costs. Between that and the Presidents action yesterday, Puerto Rico may not have to fund much, if any, of the costs of repairing public infrastructure.

 

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