Term-limited Florida Governor Rick Scott is currently running a bid to the Senate to unseat Senator Bill Nelson, and both politicians are tackling Puerto Rico and sharing their thoughts on what should be done to help the citizens get back on their seat.
Senator Nelson has strongly called for the Federal Government to fully pay Puerto Rico’s power grid, and he also believes that the government should extend housing aid until 2019 for people evacuating the island. This is why he filed on Thursday to activate the Disaster Housing Assistance Program, which has also been used to help people following disasters such as Hurricane Katrina.
Nelson explained that “What we are simply asking [is], if you are going to cut off this assistance, those evacuated from Puerto Rico should not be treated differently from how people evacuated from Hurricane Katrina in New Orleans were treated. They were given a more substantial permanent housing assistance until they could return to their homes.”
Governor Scott, while visiting Puerto Rico on Friday for his monthly jobs announcement, assured that he’d be doing “everything [he could] to continue to help people that are in Puerto Rico, our fellow Americans.”
He added that “I know everybody in Puerto Rico would like everybody to stay in Puerto Rico. But to the extent you come to Florida, and I love everybody coming to Florida, you’re going to get a job, you’re kid’s going to get a good education, and we’re going to hopefully find you a good community to live in.”