October 4, 2017 / 4:12 PM / a year ago

U.S. Republican lawmakers examining barriers to Puerto Rico recovery-source

Oct 4 (Reuters) - U.S. Republicans in Congress are looking into additional ways of lifting barriers to Puerto Rico’s recovery after Hurricane Maria devastated the U.S. territory last month, said a House of Representatives Republican aide on Wednesday.

The aide, who asked not to be identified, mentioned the need to cut through bureaucratic red tape and other barriers that could delay rebuilding Puerto Rico’s infrastructure, including its electric power grid.

Hurricane Maria knocked out power to Puerto Rico’s 3.4 million residents, devastating the already dilapidated electric power infrastructure.

The aide added that Congress will look into making some changes to the energy section in PROMESA, the federal 2016 rescue law under which Puerto Rico filed a form of bankruptcy in May.

Later on Wednesday, House Committee on Natural Resources Chairman Rob Bishop will host a press call to discuss emergency response efforts in Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands. (Reporting by Richard Cowan; writing by Stephanie Kelly)

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