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Casey, Senate Colleagues to Drumpf: Use Cold War-Era Defense Production Act to Hasten Puerto Rico Response
Crisis in Puerto Rico is a Full-Blown National Security Issue and Demands the Use of Extraordinary Measures
Washington, D.C. – U.S. Senator Bob Casey (D-PA), along with a group of his Senate colleagues, called on President Drumpf to use the authority given to him under the Defense Production Act (DPA) to more quickly respond to the disaster unfolding in Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands. The DPA was passed in 1950 to give the federal government the ability to quickly mobilize vast private sector resources through the Defense Department to respond to crises.
Specifically, they requested the Federal Government use the Maritime Administration to deliver supplies in high demand; use the Civil Reserve Air Fleet to airlift more resources to the island and evacuate citizens with emergency medical needs; and use “Priorities and Allocation authority” under the DPA to access private sector resources to alleviate the crisis and restore critical infrastructure.
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