Bipartisan Committee Delegation Toured Storm-Ravaged Puerto Rico and U.S. Virgin Islands


WASHINGTON, DC – Bipartisan leaders of the Energy and Commerce Committee and committee staff joined Delegate Stacey Plaskett (D-VI) and Resident Commissioner Jenniffer González-Colón (R-PR) on a trip to Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands this past weekend to receive a first-hand look at the damage wrought by the recent series of hurricanes and to receive an update on response and recovery efforts.

The Energy and Commerce Committee will continue to oversee the progress of the federal response and recovery efforts in Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands to ensure that these territories and their people receive the assistance they need amid the massive challenges they face.

The delegation consisted of: Full committee Chairman Greg Walden (R-OR), Full committee Ranking Member Frank Pallone, Jr. (D-NJ), #SubEnergy Chairman Fred Upton (R-MI), #SubEnergy Ranking Member Bobby Rush (D-IL), #SubEnvironment Chairman John Shimkus (R-IL) , #SubHealth Chairman Michael C. Burgess, M.D. (R-TX), #SubOversight Vice Chairman Morgan Griffith (R-VA), and #SubOversight Ranking Member Diana DeGette (D-CO).

Resident Commissioner Jenniffer González-Colón briefs committee members with a map of Puerto Rico’s power grid.

Committee members hold a press conference after a full day of touring Puerto Rico

Members tour a temporary bridge in Utuado, Puerto Rico, built by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to reconnect an isolated community to the mainland

An aerial shot of a damaged solar farm outside of Humacao, Puerto Rico (10 miles south of where the hurricane made landfall).

Chairman Walden gets a firsthand look at a damaged solar farm in the U.S. Virgin Islands

Chairman Walden, Rep. Rush, Rep. Shimkus, and Puerto Rico Resident Commissioner González-Colón listen as they tour the Juan F. Luis Hospital in St. Croix

Members briefed by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers at the Palo Seco power plant in Puerto Rico

Committee members, Puerto Rico Governor Ricardo Rosselló, and community health care leaders pose after a briefing

U.S. Virgin Islands Governor Kenneth Mapp, Delegate Plaskett, committee members and local public and private sector leaders following a roundtable discussion

The Energy and Commerce Committee has held three hearings on the recent series of hurricanes.

  • #SubOversight held a hearing on October 24, 2017, examining the public health response and preparedness efforts related to the hurricanes.
  • #SubEnergy held a hearing on November 2, 2017, examining the federal and state response and recovery efforts.
  • #SubEnvironment held a hearing on November 14, 2017, examining the federal, state, and local response to the environmental damage.