MURPHY STATEMENT AFTER FEMA REVERSES EXTENSION OF TRANSITIONAL SHELTER ASSISTANCE FOR PUERTO RICAN FAMILIES

WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Chris Murphy (D-Conn.) released a statement on Thursday after the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) announced suddenly that it has reversed its decision to extend Transitional Shelter Assistance through February 14 for the 45 families in Connecticut displaced from their homes in the wake of Hurricanes Maria and Irma. Last week, Murphy led the Connecticut delegation in sending a letter in support of Governor Malloy’s request for the FEMA to immediately extend Transitional Shelter Assistance for the 45 families. The families are now at immediate risk of being evicted from their hotel rooms.

“This cold-hearted and irrational decision will have disastrous consequences for these families from Puerto Rico,” Murphy said. “I saw the devastation in Puerto Rico with my own eyes when I visited the island last month – these families’ homes have been ruined, and they don’t have access to clean drinking water. I am working hard to make sure FEMA reverses this decision, and to assure the Puerto Rican families in Connecticut that we are fighting on their behalf.”

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