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Congressman Brown Joins House Democratic Whip Hoyer and Majority Leader McCarthy on CODEL to U.S. Virgin Islands, Puerto Rico, Florida Keys

October 26, 2017
Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Congressman Anthony G. Brown (MD-04) will accompany House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy (CA-23) and House Democratic Whip Steny H. Hoyer (MD-05) on a Congressional Delegation (CODEL) trip to see the devastation and recovery efforts in the U.S. Virgin Islands, Puerto Rico and the Florida Keys after Hurricanes Irma and Maria. Natural Resources Committee Chairman Rob Bishop (UT-01), Reps. Jeff Denham (CA-10) and Norma Torres (CA-35) will join them on the trip. Rep. Michelle Lujan Grisham (NM-01) will attend the briefing in Miami, and Rep. Carlos Curbelo (FL-26) will join the delegation in the Keys.

To begin, the delegation will receive a briefing on the hurricane response at Coast Guard Air Station Miami.

In the U.S. Virgin Islands, the delegation will visit St. Croix, which was devastated by Hurricane Maria. They will see damage in Frederiksted, including a condemned school and a destroyed post office, before traveling to Christiansted to tour the Gov. Juan F. Luis Hospital, which sustained extensive damage. Delegate Stacey Plaskett will accompany the delegation during their visit to St. Croix. 

In Puerto Rico, the delegation will visit Las Piedras to meet with affected residents and distribute food and water. They will then visit the interior of the island, touring damage in Utuado and meeting with community leaders and residents. Resident Commissioner Jenniffer González-Colón and Governor Ricardo Rosselló will join the delegation on their tour.

In the Florida Keys, the delegation will view damage in Marathon and tour a debris removal site before receiving a briefing on recovery efforts from the US Coast Guard, FEMA, EPA, and others at Coast Guard Sector Key West.

Press availabilities during the trip:
U.S. Virgin Islands
Saturday, October 28
1:00 pm
Bohlke Aviation, Henry E. Rohlsen Airport, St. Croix
Puerto Rico
Saturday, October 28
5:00 – 5:20 p.m.: Press can join the walking tour of damaged homes in Ángeles
5:20 p.m.: Press availability
Ángeles, Utuado