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Puerto Rican Gov. Rosselló to visit White House, Capitol Hill on Thursday



Puerto Rican Gov. Ricardo Rosselló will visit the White House and Capitol Hill on Thursday as the U.S. territory pushes Washington for billions in aid after Hurricane Maria caused widespread damage nearly a month ago. 

"Looking ahead to tomorrow, we will be welcoming Governor Rosselló of Puerto Rico to the White House to talk about the ongoing recovery and rebuilding efforts," White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said. "We will continue working hand-in-hand with local leaders in all areas of our country that have been impacted by several natural disasters in recent months. As President Trump has repeated sand -- said, we stand with our fellow citizens. We're here to help and get them back on their feet." 

Rosselló is seeking $4.9 billion in federal disaster loans, and $1.2 billion for nutrition assistance, along with money for short and long-term storm relief. The U.S. Senate is expected to vote on a hurricane aid package later this week after the House approved a $36.5 aid package for hurricane and wildfire relief last week. 

President Donald Trump, Vice President Mike Pence and Florida Sens. Marco Rubio and Bill Nelson, among others, have visited Puerto Rico as it struggles to rebuild after Hurricane Maria knocked out power and running water to most of the island. Rosselló has been largely supportive of Trump's handling of the relief effort, while other Puerto Rican politicians like San Juan mayor Carmen Yulín Cruz have sharply criticized the federal disaster response.