FEMA says it is not cutting off aid to Puerto Rico

Government officials argue aid is still needed especially in hard-to-reach mountainous parts of the island

Government officials argue aid is still needed especially in hard-to-reach mountainous parts of the island

Speaking on the Senate floor, Florida Democratic Sen. "I don't want to mince words here".

"I hope Mayor Cruz's presence.will remind the president and my colleagues in Congress of our urgent responsibility to help Puerto Rico fully recover and rebuild".

The mayor of San Juan on Tuesday denounced the US government's plan to end emergency food and water aid to Puerto Rico, saying she had just sent powdered milk to a school that was still without power and struggling to find the necessary supplies for its students.

Four months after Hurricane Maria devastated Puerto Rico, problems still persist across the island.

"Maybe from where she's standing it's a good news story, but when you're drinking from a creek, when you don't have food for a baby, it's not a good news story..."This is a "people are dying" story", she said".

"There is need still", she told reporters in Washington, where she was attending the State of the Union address as a guest of New York Sen.

San Juan Mayor Carmen Yulin Cruz, a frequent critic of the federal response to the devastating September hurricane, reacted to the decision on Twitter, asking in Spanish, "Seriously, are they leaving?" Though the island is far from a full recovery, these relief efforts in Puerto Rico have helped the island make large strides toward a healed community. And Rep. Darren Soto, D-Fla., will bring a college student who is one of 300,000 Puerto Ricans who have relocated to Florida since the storm.

Llargues says De La Campa was mistaken, and provided inaccurate information to NPR.

Because of that assistance, De La Campa said "things are going back to normal". "We look forward to working with the Legislature to pass this important funding".

"The commercial supply chain for food and water is re-established and private suppliers are sufficiently available that FEMA-provided commodities are no longer needed for emergency operations", the agency said in a statement.

Nelson and Rubio said those efforts haven't been almost enough.

That Puerto Rico must now fend for itself, with many still without water or electricity, is a cruel development, especially since the territory already faced monumental challenges of poverty before the hurricanes hit.

The confusion marks the latest blot in the federal government's response to Maria, which was widely criticized as too small and too slow.

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