A flight from Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport to Luis Muñoz Marín International Airport in San Juan, Puerto Rico - and back - would take roughly 7.5 hours. Puerto Rico's debts, they wrote, "must be canceled and reduced to sustainable" payments. These guidelines include services to make sure students get proper immunizations and check-ups and setting up extra support systems within the school, such as counseling. In its 2016 report, "Failure to Act: Closing the Infrastructure Investment Gap for America's Economic Future", the American Society of Civil Engineers argue that 10 key sectors of infrastructure are currently inadequate to meet our needs, let alone to address the increasing demands of a growing society.
Why it matters: The new Pew Research Center data offers a snapshot of Americans' views at a time when the White House is moving aggressively to dismantle Obama-era climate change policies. The bombing stopped after a campaign of nonviolent civil disobedience. People could not see the crisis because the crisis was developing in slow motion. He hopes the hurricane will spur the fiscal control board, which governs the territory's finances, to push forward a decade-old proposal to privatise the power industry.
"What's the smartest way to rebuild?" asked Abigail Ross Hopper, president of the Solar Energy Industries Association.
On Air Force One on his return flight to Washington, Trump said it had been a "great day" and he had heard no criticism during his day in Puerto Rico. Simply put, the island was not prepared for Maria. And she is not having any of Trump's publicity stunts.
The House is expected to approve the $29 billion measure next week, and a vote on that package in the Senate could come in mid-October, according to several GOP congressional aides. The storm had already given him a stronger hand forcing creditors to accept less. They checked in on the elderly. Today, for instance, I mean, that problem of poverty, the-over 72 percent of Vieques community lives below the poverty line. "I encourage Puerto Rican families to take advantage of this opportunity and the state of Florida will continue to do all we can to help them during this challenging time". "Well, you know, they're dying".
Massachusetts superintendents have been talking with state officials to see if any financial assistance will be available for those who may have an influx of children - some of whom do not speak English and may need extra help because they have been traumatized by the devastation the hurricane brought. This is Edwin Acosta.
For us Puerto Ricans it was clear. So it was just a disconnect.
Relief efforts are concentrated in San Juan, and it's here where progress is most evident. Walking table to table, the vice president met Everlinda Burgos, who had arrived earlier in the day from her home in Naranjito. Now my neighbors and I arrange car pools with one another since gasoline is so scarce. Residents of storm-wracked, independent, and broke Caribbean islands like Dominica and Antigua-Barbuda are still more desperate, seeking shelter from relatives abroad. With no electricity, people with mobility issues have become prisoners in steaming hot high-rises.
In his comments to Fox News' Geraldo Rivera, Trump said that Puerto Rico owes "a lot of money to your friends on Wall Street".
The governor said almost half - 47 percent - of residents have running water and that should climb to 60 percent by the end of the week.