Politics Exclusive: Trump agrees to pick up 90 percent of Puerto Rico rebuilding costs - aide

00:45  03 november  2017
00:45  03 november  2017 Source:   Reuters

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WASHINGTON - President Donald Trump on Thursday agreed to expand the use of disaster aid to rebuild Puerto Rico 's power grid and other infrastructure wrecked by Hurricane Maria, and said the federal government would pick up 90 percent of the costs , a senior White House official told Reuters.

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Donald Trump on Thursday agreed to expand the use of disaster aid to rebuild Puerto Rico 's power grid and other infrastructure wrecked by Hurricane Maria, a senior White House official told Reuters. Under the plan, the federal government will pick up 90 percent of

Workers of Puerto Rico's Electric Power Authority (PREPA) repair part of the electrical grid after Hurricane Maria hit the area in September, in Manati © REUTERS/Alvin Baez Workers of Puerto Rico's Electric Power Authority (PREPA) repair part of the electrical grid after Hurricane Maria hit the area in September, in Manati

President Donald Trump on Thursday agreed to expand the use of disaster aid to rebuild Puerto Rico's power grid and other infrastructure wrecked by Hurricane Maria, a senior White House official told Reuters.

Under the plan, the federal government will pick up 90 percent of the costs - up from the typical level of 75 percent - and allow for funds to be released in a faster, more flexible way, an approach that recognizes the massive devastation on the island and its dire financial problems, the official said.

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WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Donald Trump on Thursday agreed to expand the use of disaster aid to rebuild Puerto Rico 's power grid and other infrastructure wrecked by Hurricane Maria, a senior White House official told Reuters. Under the plan, the federal government will pick up 90 percent of

Workers of Puerto Rico 's Electric Power Authority (PREPA) repair part of the electrical grid after Hurricane Maria hit the area in September, in Manati, Puerto Rico October 30, 2017. REUTERS/Alvin Baez. Under the plan, the federal government will pick up 90 percent of the costs

The plan, agreed with Puerto Rico Governor Ricardo Rossello, provides for third-party advisers to estimate how much money is required for projects and how it is spent - a provision aimed at protecting taxpayer dollars in what is expected to be a massive, long-term effort to rebuild the island.

"We're doing it in a way that grants flexibility, but also imposes a mutually agreed upon set of controls," the official said in an interview.

Puerto Rico is in bankruptcy, struggling with $72 billion in debt. Its finances were put under federal control last year.

Six weeks after Hurricane Maria hit, only about 30 percent of Puerto Rico's power grid has been restored.

(Reporting by Roberta Rampton; Editing by Cynthia Osterman)

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