The House is on track to backing President Donald Trump's request for billions more in disaster aid, $16 billion to pay flood insurance claims and emergency funding to help the cash-strapped government of Puerto Rico stay afloat.
Meanwhile, 84% of the island is still without electricity, and roughly half of Puerto Ricans have no cell phone service, according to the Washington Post.
The order directs agencies to consider expanding coverage in low-cost plans not subject to Obamacare rules - something experts say could raise costs for the sick. Even long after a site is granted Superfund status, designating it a priority for the federal government, cleanup can take decades-and even then efforts are rarely able to eliminate all toxins.
"I know people are concerned that not every state's need is met, but this is, I think, a good step in the right direction", Frelinghuysen said of the current measure.
Roberto Morales Santos, 70, looks out after posing for a portrait in his home, damaged by Hurricane Maria, in the municipality of Barranquitas outside San Juan, Puerto Rico October 11, 2017. "EPA advises against tampering with sealed and locked wells or drinking from these wells, as it may be dangerous to people's health".
Thursday's debate was also a preview of some serious political griping that lies ahead on both sides of the aisle, and the complaints have the potential to interfere with future efforts to get aid to areas in desperate need of assistance. "So we got to make sure the taxpayer isn't continually stuck with bills out of thin air".
The editorial said if that were the case, there would be constant media coverage and the president "certainly wouldn't be threatening to abandon federal relief efforts". "Someone is going to pay the bill".
The president adds: "We cannot keep FEMA, the Military & the First Responders, who have been amazing (under the most difficult circumstances) in P.R. forever!"
Democratic Representative Nydia Velazquez of New York, which has a large Puerto Rican community, said on the House floor that the island is facing a "humanitarian crisis".
"I am here to fight for those who have been impacted by Hurricane Harvey", Houston Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee, D-Texas, said in an impassioned speech on the House floor.
Rubio said he suggested forming an advisory group during a conversation with Trump on Sunday.
For context, the United States has no governing body that's responsible for regulating the Internet, other than false commercialization (handled by the FTC) and illegal content, like pornography (handled by the FCC). He added, "We've saved a lot of lives".
The Federal Emergency Management Agency can (and does) stay involved in disaster relief for years after major catastrophes.
That left Congress with little choice but to help fill the gap, Rubio said.