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A corruption scandal in Puerto Rico is prompting fresh calls from Republican lawmakers to impose tighter constraints on federal spending for the island, intensifying a long-running political conflict in Washington over how to help it recover from a 2017 hurricane.
The new demands come as the Trump administration has already been searching for new ways to limit federal aid to Puerto Rico, following complaints the president made to his staff that the island is receiving too much assistance, according to a senior official who spoke on the condition of anonymity to discuss internal deliberations.
The article goes on to state the following:
On Wednesday, two former senior members in the administration of Gov. Ricardo Rosselló were arrested and charged in a scheme to defraud the federal government through the misuse of contracts. Prosecutors have said that Rosselló is not a subject of the probe. One appeared in court on Thursday and is reportedly cooperating with prosecutors, while the other pleaded not guilty, according to El Nuevo Día, Puerto Rico’s biggest newspaper.
In a tweet, Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Florida) commented on the scandal: “Scandals & corruption charges in the administration of governor of #PuertoRico are disturbing. We must find a mechanism that guarantees taxpayer funds are properly spent. But cutting disaster aid punishes American citizens for wrongdoing of politicians.”
Scandals & corruption charges in the administration of governor of #PuertoRico are disturbing. We must find a mechanism that guarantees taxpayer funds are properly spent. But cutting disaster aid punishes American citizens for wrongdoing of politicians. https://t.co/94vLR6zeND
— Marco Rubio (@marcorubio) July 11, 2019
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