Puerto Rico seeks $94B in U.S. aid amid storm dam­age

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WASH­ING­TON — Puerto Rico’s gov­er­nor on Mon­day asked the fed­eral gov­ern­ment for $94.4 bil­lion as the is­land strug­gles to re­cover from the dam­age in­flicted by Hur­ri­cane Maria, with much of the U.S. ter­ri­tory with­out power and thou­sands still home­less.

Ri­cardo Ros­sello also urged Congress to adopt a tax over­haul plan that ad­dresses Puerto Rico’s spe­cific needs to avoid an ex­o­dus of the com­pa­nies that cur­rently gen­er­ate 42 per­cent of the is­land’s gross do­mes­tic prod­uct.

The gov­er­nor said dur­ing a news con­fer­ence that he will for­mally make his re­quest to the White House and Congress, along with a re­port with a de­tailed as­sess­ment of dam­age.

So far, Congress has ap­proved nearly $5 bil­lion in aid for Puerto Rico in the af­ter­math of Hur­ri­cane Maria on Sept. 20.

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