With Puerto Rico Still Waiting on Approved Emergency Food Aid, Sanders Condemns Trump for 'Holding Funds in Red Tape Limbo'
Amid reports that Puerto Rico has still not received the $600 million in emergency food stamp aid that President Donald Trump reluctantly signed into law more than two weeks ago, Sen. Bernie Sanders on Monday accused the White House of “holding the funds in red tape limbo” and said the money must be released “immediately.”
Sanders, a 2020 Democratic presidential candidate, specifically called out U.S. Department of Agriculture chief Sonny Perdue and White House budget director Mick Mulvaney for withholding the funds as the people of Puerto Rico “are going hungry.”
As the Washington Post reported late Monday, “Puerto Rico does not expect to be able to spend the emergency food stamp funding until September” due to the delay.
“Emergency food stamp money for Puerto Rico ran out in March, starting widespread reductions in benefits,” the Post reported, “and funding renewal was delayed by several months amid an impasse among federal lawmakers and opposition to additional funding for Puerto Rico from the Trump administration.”
A spokesman for the USDA’s Food and Nutrition Service told the Post that Puerto Rico will not receive the emergency funding until the island makes “required system changes” to its food stamps program.
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