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Mass. Delegation Travels To Puerto Rico To Survey Damage

From left, Reps. Seth Moulton and Richard Neal, Sen. Elizabeth Warren and Rep. Jim McGovern meet with Massachusetts State Police troopers who are volunteering with the relief effort in Puerto Rico. (Courtesy McGovern's office)MoreCloseclosemore
From left, Reps. Seth Moulton and Richard Neal, Sen. Elizabeth Warren and Rep. Jim McGovern meet with Massachusetts State Police troopers who are volunteering with the relief effort in Puerto Rico. (Courtesy McGovern's office)

A group of congressional leaders from Massachusetts is visiting Puerto Rico Friday to learn about the island's recovery efforts after Hurricane Maria.

Sens. Elizabeth Warren and Ed Markey, and Reps. Jim McGovern, Seth Moulton, Niki Tsongas, Michael Capuano, Katherine Clark and Richard Neal met with Massachusetts State Police troopers who are helping with recovery.

They released a joint statement pledging their support for Puerto Rico:

Far too many of our fellow U.S. citizens are still without electricity and the resources they need to rebuild. Even before Hurricane Maria hit Puerto Rico, Massachusetts was the proud home of 300,000 Puerto Ricans – and thousands more have come to the Bay State since Hurricane Maria upended their lives. We’re going to Puerto Rico to see firsthand the devastation on the island and how we can help our fellow citizens along the path to a full recovery. We have not forgotten our brothers and sisters in Puerto Rico – they can count on us.

In addition to meeting with state troopers, the group plans to visit a children's hospital in San Juan, a health center in Loiza and a shelter in Canovanas. They'll also receive a briefing on relief efforts from federal and homeland security officials.

The delegation plans to return to Washington, D.C., Friday night.

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