President Trump will meet with Puerto Rico Gov. Ricardo Rossello on Thursday to discuss a rebuilding plan after the U.S. territory was ravaged by Hurricane Maria, according to the White House.
"We need to think about rebuilding Puerto Rico in a holistic way. All the crops are all dead, agriculture is dead, housing is destroyed," Carlos Mercader, a spokesperson for the governor, told Reuters, pointing out that more than 660,000 people have now filed claims with the federal government.
Senate Democrats on Monday called on the Federal Emergency Management Agency to provide Puerto Rico with the funding they need to make repairs to the island's devastated infrastructure.
"The scale of damages across the island is clear, and Puerto Rico should not have to wait any longer for this assistance to be granted so they can begin the process of rebuilding their infrastructure and communities," the Democratic senators said in a letter addressed to FEMA Administrator Brock Long. The letter was signed by Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., and six other Senate Democrats.
Hurricane Maria struck Puerto Rico on Sept. 20, devastating the island's homes, roads and power. Less than 20 percent of Puerto Rican residences have had power returned to them.