Officials: Federal funds being withheld from Puerto Rico
Officials say money that is owed to Puerto Rico from hurricanes Irma and Maria are being withheld during a new time of need.
A devastating earthquake and its aftershocks have left thousands on the island without power. It has also left many with failing infrastructure. A total of $18.3 billion in federal funding was set to go to Puerto Rico, more than two years ago.
That money was part of hurricane relief, but Democratic lawmakers say the island hasn't seen any of that funding. Democrats, including Rep. Nydia Velazquez of New York, are pushing back on the Trump administration for what they say is an illegal withholding of necessary funds.
The magnitude 6.4 earthquake that hit the island on Tuesday destroyed homes.
The Daily News reports that the Trump administration has been citing concerns about "corruption" and "financial mismanagement" as for why they haven't released all the funds.
Rep. Velazquez, who was born in Puerto Rico, along with Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer sent a letter to Housing and Urban Development Secretary Ben Carson.
The letter demanded that the outstanding billions of dollars be sent to the island.
Velazquez says that as of Friday, Secretary Carson has not responded to their letter.