NBC News reports:
Under Trump, HUD had previously approved a total of $20 billion for the island’s reconstruction, a historic amount. But the agency stalled the release of the aid in 2019 and imposed additional restrictions and requirements last year on how Puerto Rico could gain access to the funds, citing corruption and financial mismanagement concerns.
“Puerto Rico needs to recover from past disasters and build resilience to future storms, while ensuring transparency and accountability,” Housing Secretary Marcia Fudge said in a statement Monday. “We are committed to an ongoing partnership with Puerto Rico to empower the island’s communities and help them build back better.”
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Biden admin. removes Trump-era restrictions unique to Puerto Rico that had been limiting the island’s ability to access certain recovery funds following the devastating aftermath of Hurricane Maria in 2017. https://t.co/r9yi7mG7ZG
— NBC News (@NBCNews) April 21, 2021