Trump Administration Awards Largest Ever FEMA Grant to Rebuild Puerto Rico Power Grid…

Puerto Rico serves as a strategic economic region to recapture the Pharmaceutical industry.  Historically Puerto Rico was a hub for pharmaceutical manufacturing; however, due to poor and undependable infrastructure, an outcome of terrible management in government, combined with competitive incentives provided by alternative nations, most PR pharma operations moved to India and China.

With the Trump administration confronting Big Pharma on multiple fronts, including the need for a secure supply chain, a cost-effective approach is massive investment to repair and replace the island infrastructure.  Today the White House announces the largest FEMA grant in history as an underpinning to this strategic objective.

WHITE HOUSE – Statement from the Press Secretary on the Largest FEMA Infrastructure Grants Being Awarded to Puerto Rico.

The Trump Administration announced that the Federal Emergency Management Administration (FEMA) plans to award two of its largest grants ever for infrastructure projects in Puerto Rico.

Under the leadership of President Trump, FEMA will award almost $13 billion to help rebuild Puerto Rico’s electrical grid system and spur recovery of the territory’s education system—the largest obligations of funding ever awarded. This funding amount includes a Federal share of $11.6 billion for the projects.

Together, these grants exceed the total Public Assistance funding in any single federally-declared disaster other than Hurricanes Katrina and Sandy. Federal funding of $9.6 billion will allow the Puerto Rico Electrical Power Authority to repair and replace thousands of miles of transmission and distribution lines, electrical substations, power generation systems, office buildings, and make other grid improvements. The $2 billion grant for the Puerto Rico Department of Education will focus on restoring school buildings and educational facilities across the island.

The Bipartisan Budget Act of 2018 included funding for FEMA to support Hurricane Maria response and recovery, as well as language helping FEMA to ensure that Puerto Rico rebuilds its critical lifelines, services, and facilities in accordance with current industry standards.

All critical infrastructure projects are funded under FEMA’s Public Assistance Alternative Procedures, pursuant to Section 428 of the Robert T. Stafford Disaster Relief and Emergency Assistance Act. This innovative funding method allows Puerto Rican officials to work with FEMA to determine how to best meet their unique recovery needs. As part of the 428 procedures, the funding being announced today was reviewed and validated by an independent expert review panel and agreed to by both FEMA and Puerto Rico.

With the grant awards announced today, the Federal Government will have obligated approximately $26 billion for Puerto Rico’s recovery from Hurricane Maria. Today’s grant announcements represent some of the largest awards in FEMA’s history for any single disaster recovery event and demonstrate the Federal Government’s continuing commitment to help rebuild the territory and support the citizens of Puerto Rico and their recovery goals.  (link)

 

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91 Responses to Trump Administration Awards Largest Ever FEMA Grant to Rebuild Puerto Rico Power Grid…

  1. Perot Conservative says:

    And how do we know it won’t be misspent / wasted / defrauded again?

    Liked by 28 people

  2. cheryl says:

    I don’t get this. We already sent them the money for this.

    Liked by 5 people

    • The Boss says:

      That was to restore power post-Maria. This is practically an entire replacement of their ancient grid. I know, I’ve seen it crap out without a hurricane.
      Note also the planned repatriation of PR’s once lucrative pharmaceutical business. That industry will need reliable electric power.
      Now…where did Puerto Ricans flee to after Maria – where many remain today? Florida. Why announce these things today? Florida, and Nov 3rd.

      Liked by 24 people

    • petszmom says:

      I thought so, too. Wasnt it something like 91 billion? So because it was stolen we throw more money at them again? Not happy I have no say where my taxes go.

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    • cplogics says:

      Just how many more times will the taxpayers be on the hook to bail our Puerto Rico? The money that’s being thrown around is staggering and we are sitting here accepting it because our guy is going it. I’m sorry folks. I love our President, but some day someone is going to pay the piper.

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      • Robin Ruprecht says:

        I have a feeling plane loads of money is available to spend on projects like this. Now that trillions of dollars isn’t being laundered back to the establishment we can use that money to invest in America, instead of filling their off shore bank accounts with money we’ll never see.

        Liked by 7 people

      • mikeyboo says:

        I agree, cplogics. And I think it is a huge mistake trusting our medicine production to Puerto Rico.

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        • GB Bari says:

          I agree. All pharmaceutical operations will need to be in hurricane proof facilities- possibly underground in the inland areas with elevations higher than the coastal areas.

          Liked by 3 people

          • Simple Citizen says:

            Or we move it back to the Continental United States. Part of the reason it is down there is for the tax breaks.

            A long time ago, much of the production was in New Jersey and before that Louisiana.

            Perhaps a common ground could be struck so as not to completely give up the reason it was moved, but still have some taxing power over a monopoly. Please note: I am not holding my breath.

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  3. Patience says:

    $hit On $elf
    That hat is such an admi$$ion

    The great exposure: MAGA!!!!!!

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  4. Doppler says:

    Maybe it’s a chance to demonstrate Trump competence, contrasted with Obama-Biden incompetence-graft.

    Liked by 5 people

  5. Mike on a Truck says:

    All dem billions and the corrupt Dems down there are rubbing their hands togather. I hope President Trump has made a provision to curtail that but realistically nothing happens in DemCong run areas without graft,payoffs, and skimming. It’s just the way things work I suppose.

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  6. devilman96 says:

    When exactly will the globalist learn to stop being globalist?

    Prosperity is a path that takes many hard learned lessons. Handouts do nothing put promote corruption and as we have seen time and time again this country is as corrupt as corrupt can get.

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  7. devilman96 says:

    When exactly will the globalist learn to stop being globalist?

    Prosperity is a path that takes many hard learned lessons. Handouts do nothing put promote corruption and as we have seen time and time again this country is as corrupt as corrupt can get.

    Liked by 2 people

  8. Diddlysquat says:

    Why not manufacture pharmaceuticals on the U.S. mainland so federal taxpayers can have those jobs?

    Liked by 15 people

    • Paprika says:

      Exactly! And what ever happened to the “Kodak deal”?

      Liked by 4 people

    • AMK says:

      uhhhhh…Puerto Ricans are Americans and pay federal taxes…..

      Liked by 1 person

      • cplogics says:

        Puerto Ricans are Americans and pay federal taxes – really??? You could have fooled me.

        Liked by 1 person

      • GB Bari says:

        Not entirely true, according to H&R Block.

        “So you shouldn’t file a tax return for the U.S. if you meet either of the following requirements:
        1. You’re a bona fide resident of Puerto Rico during the entire tax year, and
        2. Your only income is from sources within Puerto Rico.”

        This means that Puerto Rican employees of American-based corporations WILL have to pay SOME federal taxes, but as usual there are other considerations as well.

        See here: https://www.hrblock.com/tax-center/irs/tax-law-and-policy/do-puerto-ricans-pay-us-taxes/

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        • zorrorides says:

          FREE Puerto Rico Now !! Give them the electric distribution system, new generation plants running on (US) LNG, a new seaport, and ten new pharmaceutical factories. Build them new highways and new cell towers and promise to buy PR agricultural products. Contract for a permanent military base and weather station, is that OK?

          Then for the love of God make Puerto Rico be its own independent sovereign nation, with a pledge of friendship from the USA. But separate sovereign nation status must come now. Free Puerto Rico !! Colonies no, Monroe Doctrine, si`.
          But for

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        • Simple Citizen says:

          Yes, you are quite right.

          Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands (as well as the Marshall Islands and Guam) are treated very differently for tax purposes and have actual tax treaties for being territories.

          While a United States citizen is responsible for filing U.S. taxes for any income earned in the world (one of only to nations that require this), there are exceptions for these specific places.

          These locations are permitted to set their own tax policies and do so to attract U.S. businesses. When Maria occurred, one of the fist things Puerto Rico did (on their own) was drop their tax rates and put a moratorium on taxes of certain enterprises.

          So residing in these places may adjust one’s taxes downward a bit if they are still working for a U.S. company and may completely change one’s tax picture if they are an owner of a company in these locations or are self employed.

          Although Microsoft used to be famous for shifting their European tax burdens to Ireland for a better tax treatment in Europe, what they were less known for was shifting US profits to the Virgin Islands (which they did at one point – do not know about the present day).

          The trade off is that none of these locations get a vote in our nation’s major elections.

          Best…

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  9. Paprika says:

    Besides from cheaper labor, what is the advantage of concentrating pharma in PR instead of continental US? $13 billion in states with already dependable power grids and not prone to hurricanes makes more sense. But I’m not sure what the real game plan here is.

    Liked by 4 people

  10. CNN_sucks says:

    Hmmm…dont know what to say . PR is the bastion of corruption. We need oversight.

    Liked by 5 people

  11. realeyecandy1 says:

    I agree that we should just put those factories inside the midwest. We already HAVE a grid here in the US so why are we spending all this $ in a place that is rife with corruption? I don’t understand these decisions. Having that stuff made there won’t help Americans here in the states. Someone help me understand this. They are prone to hurricanes and supply interruptions. Would be like buidling it in Lake Charles

    Liked by 6 people

  12. lambgraham says:

    That’s Trump’s counter move to the $100 million Bloomberg is going to spend in Florida.

    Liked by 4 people

  13. barnabusduke says:

    Maybe it’s also to help build the new MAGA prison system. Our own little Puerto GITMO, soon to house many naughty naughty people that Barr and Durham are chatting with these days! One can hope, right? 😉

    Liked by 1 person

    • Roger Duroid says:

      and send every single illegal caught cross the border to PR to live while the damn system waits 5 years to have a court appearance. At least they can’t get off the island without passport or visa to mainland. If they do show up, they are a 2nd time violator and don’t get to play the asylum/ family member bs game.

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  14. TradeBait says:

    Do you want a PR participating primarily in graft, corruption and drug cartels – or – a PR that is rebuilt with strings attached and PDT admin’s oversight that restores a work ethic and value to America? Strategic location for all of the above, both good and bad. Would rather it be for good.

    Liked by 2 people

  15. Tiffthis says:

    That lady pictured on the left in SD’s post has lost her PR bid a few weeks ago (if i recall correctly). Plus, a few other corrupt PR representatives have been outed or removed. Good move to wait for them to be gone, Mr President

    Liked by 4 people

  16. rpcoastie says:

    I hope they don’t hire Puerto Ricans to build it! It’s the most dysfunctional place in the United States not to mention everything will be stolen.

    Liked by 1 person

    • cplogics says:

      Puerto Rico is not in the United States

      Liked by 1 person

      • It IS under US jurisdiction.

        The US flag waves to the right of the PR flag there.
        The US $ is the only currency there.
        Teaching of English is mandatory there.
        The USCG guards the waters.
        The FBI has offices there.
        The only tropical rain forest under the US Forest Service is located right there – El Yunque, to which I have been many, many times.
        It also has a National Historic Site under the US National Park Service – El Morro, San Cristobal and the City Wall of old San Juan.
        There used to be three US DoD bases there – Rosevelt Roads, Reimy and Fort Buchanan.
        USDA has offices there.
        There is a Federal Courthouse in San Juan.
        There is also one non-voting Delegate from PR to Congress.
        The only radio-telescope run by a consortium of a local PR college and an Ivy League U is located there. (Arecibo)

        Americans live there.

        I’m one of them.

        Liked by 6 people

        • zorrorides says:

          Free Puerto Rico !!

          Duchess, if you’re a Puerto Rican and you love America, you’ll be the first I’ve met. Glad to meetcha! Appreciate the comments from your branch of the treehouse.

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  17. Janice says:

    Hope its underground.

    Liked by 3 people

  18. jay says:

    Tomorrow’s Headline In Orlando Sun Sentinel: Don Seals Deal on FL Vote

    Liked by 2 people

  19. 3d says:

    I just read the USAF announced they have designed and manufactured a prototype of the 6 gen fighter in 1 year. This hasn’t been done since the 1950’s. This together with the unheard of speed of vaccine design, testing and manufacture in 1 year tells me to not doubt PJDT’s ability to do the impossible. I bet he has the lines placed underground to make the grid hurricane proof. It’s time to buy some land in PR.

    Liked by 4 people

  20. Ocelot says:

    “to repair and replace thousands of miles of transmission and distribution lines”

    If they can’t or won’t install these distribution lines etc. underground as much as possible, all of this work could be blown away once again.

    Liked by 2 people

  21. Guessed says:

    Making Puerto Rico’s infrastructure better is a laudable goal (I guess) but Puerto Rico did not rise and fall as a pharmaceutical manufacturing hub on the basis of its electrical grid. Puerto Rico was a hub for pharmaceutical manufacturing due to some targeted tax breaks that made it advantageous to make drugs there.

    Liked by 1 person

    • Henry says:

      You’re right. And Microsoft used to print their software cd-roms there as part of a profit-shifting scheme to lower their taxes. I wonder if this is a ploy by Trump to get more puerto ricans to move back home.

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    • Henry says:

      You’re right. And Microsoft used to print their software cd-roms there as part of a profit-shifting scheme to lower their taxes. I wonder if this is a ploy by Trump to get more puerto ricans to move back home.

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  22. bulwarker says:

    And they’ll still hate him for it. Time to “free” Puerto Rico.

    Liked by 3 people

  23. Jimmy Jack says:

    I hope this isn’t an indicator PR will become a state. It would be the biggest welfare state in the country if it becomes a state. They have voted it down twice now so it seems they want the benefits but not the responsibility of federal taxes

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  24. Mayor SOS, since you say you are dying, you have 2 choices:
    Take the pill Zero offers for the pain
    or
    Right to try pharmaceutical factories PDJT offers.

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  25. Aspade says:

    This is a good move on many fronts. Primarily from a national security and economic perspective.

    Don’t let partisan politics cloud people. The reason that places like Puerto Rico have significantly corrupt political classes is because that is how the Globalists want it. Creating infrastructure, education and economic strength within the populace will make them financially stronger at lower income levels. That will build the culture back up. Don’t forget that the same way the Globalists have exploited the Democrat party and inner cities, they have exploited places like PR and Haiti.

    Just like “Foundations”, aid to countries like PR have gone to corrupt individuals who line their pockets and then funnel the rest back to their benefactor (cough, Bain Capital, cough).

    This kind of investment will benefit everyone and create a backbone for their infrastructure that will generate economic strength for decades, they will drive local economic development. A strong PR makes the U.S. a better and safer place.

    Furthermore, if pharmaceuticals can be manufactured there, or even pharmaceutical components, that will also help the U.S.

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  26. Rotor says:

    In my estimation, I’m all for it if this results in the Puerto Ricans who descended on Central Florida going back home.
    Nothing against Puerto Ricans per se. They just fall into the same category as liberal New Yorkers who move down here and bring their misguided support of the same corrupt liberal politicians that caused them to leave in the first place.

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  27. MaineCoon says:

    After that last hurricane that demolished PR, lots of Florida Power and Light trucks went on a barge from Port of Fort Pierce, FL to PR to assist. Easy, peasy trip. Send them again!

    Remember this story?

    FTA: Florida Power and Light won the prestigious International Edward Demming award for excellence in multi-platform engineering and efficiency superiority. They didn’t blow every PhD intellectual out of the water with slide rules, CAD programs and engineering acumen. They did it with hard hats and dirty fingernails.

    Because they lost the award, the Japanese spent 6 months studying FPL and later published a 1,000 page dissertation essentially saying FPL “wasn’t really good, they were just lucky”….. FPL field leadership laughed, took out markers and wrote on the back of their hard hats: “WE’RE NOT GOOD, WE’RE RUCKY”

    https://www.tigernet.com/forums/message.jspa;jsessionid=1FAE30B9CDB3050DD876319CC5D95BC7?messageID=27110174

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  28. Big Jake says:

    I simply cannot comprehend Trump’s abject failure to nominate/appoint/install/hire people loyal to him as THE President and under the Constitution. He is undermined constantly and yet he suffers these fools any way. SMH.

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    • fangdog says:

      Big Jake, that certainly is a mystery. Trump seems to have a blind eye when it comes to hiring incompetent, disloyal jerks. However, Trump does have some super great ones.

      I guess it is like having to buy the whole package. Then throwing away the package to finally get to what you need.

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  29. Linus in W.PA. says:

    P.R.E.P.A. (Puerto Rico Public Power Authority) has been institutionally corrupt forever.

    Get rid of that entire agency and let some Independent Power Producers in there.

    Liked by 2 people

  30. Simple Citizen says:

    This was a smart move on the part of the President, but it will require serious oversight (not FEMA’s beat quality).

    PR was set to be a DEM “pet project” once again, if they secured Congress and the Presidency; this is why they went their to party a few years ago (it was a statement of solidarity and another empty offer of statehood).

    Very prudent take this idea away from them, but it does need someone watching the till.

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