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Federal lower house will propose $2,633 million in PAN funds to Puerto Rico

Washington DC – The United States House of Representatives Appropriations Committee recommended an allocation of US$2.633 million to the Nutritional Assistance Program (PAN) of Puerto Rico during the 2022-2023 federal fiscal year.

The funds proposed by the Appropriations Committee represent a small increase on the nearly $2.5 billion the Island raises — not counting emergency funds approved during the COVID-19 pandemic — during this federal fiscal year.

It would have been the government’s allegation of Pedro Pierluisithe Washington resident commissioner, Jennifer GonzalezPuerto Rican congressmen and other federal lawmakers to increase PAN appropriations by $1 billion annually.

This federal fiscal year, the base allocation that Puerto Rico receives from the PAN increased by $463 million as a result of the reassessment of the “Thrifty Food Plan” (TFP), which mandates a review of the cost of a nutritious, low-cost diet.

In addition, through June, the government of Puerto Rico received funds for the PAN from an emergency allocation of $966 million to address the COVID-19 emergency. The end of this allocation led to a reduction in food assistance received by nearly 1.5 million people in Puerto Rico.

The government of Puerto Rico and members of Congress are pushing for the Island to be included in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), which is what exists in the states and could represent hundreds of millions of additional dollars for the Island. the debate would have been delayed until 2023, when the federal farm law will be renewed.

Commissioner González, in a press release, said that the Federal Chamber is expected to approve the agricultural budget, which includes food assistance funds, before the August recess, which begins at the end of August 29. .

Legislation adopted by the Appropriations Committee, which guides the content of the budget, includes $24 million for the construction of a training building for 1,400 soldiers at the US Army Reserve Center at Fort Buchanan.

Also included is $14.5 million for repairs and maintenance of National Guard buildings in Campo Santiago.

According to the commissioner, the Appropriations Committee also approved $3.76 million to replace the Visitor Center – and headquarters for the United States Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) at the National Wildlife Refuge. Wild Cabo Rojo. The total cost of the project is US$9 million.

The Appropriations Committee also authorized $2.38 million for the acquisition of 364 land cuerdas for El Yunque National Forest and $500,000 for the US Geological Survey to continue efforts to update Porto’s seismic hazard maps. Rich.

Another proposed budget item includes $365,000 in operations and maintenance funds for the United States Army Corps of Engineers (USACE), including $50,000 for San Juan Bay.

Commissioner González also highlighted language included for the Federal Housing Department (HUD) to assess “the income thresholds used to determine eligibility for federal affordable housing programs in Puerto Rico and to assess federal aid offered for the program.” of section 8″.

He also said there are texts that recognize the importance of the collapsing Arecibo radio telescope and efforts are continuing to collect data in Puerto Rico and US territories to update seismic hazard map models.

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