Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla, on Friday asked the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services for more action to help the victims of Hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico.
"In light of the island's damaged infrastructure and its residents' lack of access to power and clean water, it is critical that the island receives the resources needed to properly treat people who depend on medically necessary services," Rubio wrote. He added that many Florida citizens contacts his office daily with concerns for family members and friends in Puerto Rico.
Rubio also cited news reports of citizens drinking from contaminated water, stating his concern that "the island's lack of resources could prevent those infected from receiving necessary treatment."
He called for a complete updated assessment on the current public health crisis plaguing the island, and urged the department to "immediately clarify the conflicting information reported by government officials and media outlets."
"I request that you continue to strengthen your agency's partnership with the governor of Puerto Rico, local officials, and other federal agencies to ensure the recovery efforts are as smooth and efficient as possible," Rubio wrote.Hurricane Maria hit Puerto Rico on Sept. 20 as a Category 4 storm. According to the Department of Defense, only 17 percent of Puerto Rico residents currently have power.