The Puerto Rico recovery, by the numbers

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The damage wreaked by Hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico in September 2017 could have serious repercussions for patients who rely on medicines and healthcare products manufactured there.

In urgent cases, when critical products are at issue, we've intervened over the last two weeks to help firms secure fuel to maintain production lines, get clearance to move logistical support into the island or finished goods to their recipients.

"If there is a place, a locality that is not delivering food to the people of Puerto Rico that need it, there's going to be some hell to pay", Rossello said.

U.S. President Donald Trump has been criticized for his meager federal response to Hurricane Maria, from failing to mention the disaster for several days to throwing paper towels at residents on a short visit to the Caribbean island, which is a colony of the United States. Although the island has seen some areas of improvement-over 70 percent of supermarkets and gas stations are now operational-conditions remain grave following the worst hurricane to hit Puerto Rico in 90 years.

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It has been nearly three weeks since Hurricane Maria hit Puerto Rico, and people on the island are still in desperate need of supplies.

Assured Guaranty, along with a second insurer MBIA Inc (N:), filed their lawsuit against the island's government and a federally appointed financial oversight board on May 3, a day after Puerto Rico announced a historic restructuring of its public debt.

"... She was the lone voice (of criticism) that we saw..."

Kuperman said they have been reaching out to people in the community to figure out the most effective ways to help.

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Blumenthal took the trip with four other senators. Cory Booker, Menendez called on President Trump to use the authority given to him under the Defense Production Act (DPA) to more quickly respond to the disaster unfolding in Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands.

"There has been great collaboration with the [Department of Defense], with the federal government, with the state governments", Rossello said on MSNBC Monday.

Three weeks after the storm hit, Puerto Rico still has a long road to recovery, having only 15 percent of electrical power restored and struggling to regain communication services. "The federal government has the transportation and logistics infrastructure to help alleviate the immediate and overwhelming crisis now facing Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands". "This is a prediction that would never be acceptable on the mainland and it should not be acceptable for the American citizens living on Puerto Rico".

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