Gardner postpones Pueblo town hall to survey hurricane damage in Puerto Rico
Author: Joey Bunch - October 5, 2017 - Updated: October 6, 2017
A day after Sen. Cory Gardner announced plans for a town hall meeting Friday in Pueblo, he announced the town hall is on hold.
The White House asked the Republican senator from Yuma to be part of a bipartisan delegation of House and Senate members to go to Puerto Rico Saturday to view the hurricane devastation. The lawmakers will be joined by officials from the White House, the Department of Homeland Security and the Defense Department.
The Pueblo town hall will be rescheduled soon, Gardner’s office said. His constituents, in the meantime, can follow his social media posts and sign up for his newsletter, the office said in the advisory.
My town hall in Pueblo tomorrow has been postponed. I look forward to returning to Pueblo soon. More details here: https://t.co/Zalu0aZtqz
— Cory Gardner (@SenCoryGardner) October 5, 2017
Puerto Rico was pummeled by Hurricane Maria on Sept. 20, and the federal government’s response has been a lightning rod of controversy for President Bush.
The White House has sent mixed signals on a bail out the Puerto Rico’s $75 billion in debt, which has caused the island’s bond rating to plummet, crippling its ability to borrow money as it faces a massive rebuilding effort. After a war of words (well, tweets) criticizing Carmen Yulín Cruz, the mayor of San Juan who had publicly pleaded for more help, Trump visited the island on Tuesday, where he met with local officials and praised first-responders.
Gardner also needs to stay in Washington Friday because of the Senate Budget Committee’s hearing on budget resolutions and hear briefings on the devastation in Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands, Gardner’s office said.
“While on the American island, Gardner and his colleagues will be surveying damaged areas, and meeting with Puerto Rican Governor Rico Rossello, US Coast Guard and local officials,” Gardner’s office said in a media advisory Thursday morning. “As chairman of the Subcommittee on Energy, Gardner has been a bipartisan leader in the Senate in calling for the Department of Energy to help restore power to the island. More than 90 percent of the island is still without power.”