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Kenneth Mapp, governor of the U.S. Virgin Islands, said the island had requested $7.5 billion to cover uninsured hurricane-related damages to the public sector.

The plan also invests in renewable energy development and provides millions in grants for micro-turbines and solar panels. As a result, the Post noted that Sanders' bill likely won't get a floor vote in Congress.

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"Before the storm Puerto Rico only had two percent of its electricity coming from sustainable energy", remarked Sanders.

Hurricanes Irma and Maria, which devastated the U.S. Virgin Islands, have left the local government heavily dependent on the federal government, which has become a lifeline that, in many ways, is preventing a collapse of the local government.

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The Sanders-Warren plan would also restore the US minimum wage for certain young workers in Puerto Rico, open some federal food and nutrition programs to the two territories and improve benefits under the Medicare and Medicaid health programs. This caused companies to flee and take the economic growth Puerto Rico experienced following World War II with them.

And the Boricua voice in Congress will soon suffer a further loss as Puerto Rican member and outspoken advocate, Luis Gutiérrez, D-Ill., announced on Tuesday he won't seek re-election but has plans to help rebuild the hurricane-ravaged island. "The proposal should give specifics on debt relief, which it doesn't do", Gordon McCord of UC San Diego's Global Policy and Strategy tells Bustle. Only a fraction of that money would go to Puerto Rico.

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Speaking of diminishing the territories' reliance on imported fossil fuels, the measure would make available $13 billion in additional Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) funding for the rebuilding of the territories' electric grids with "more modern, resilient technologies", according to the bill's summary, which was provided by Mr. Sanders's office.

The bill co-sponsors also include Sens. "Allowing Puerto Rico to pursue least-cost suppliers and least-cost transportation options reduces the cost of reconstruction and recovery", he says.

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Sens. Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren on Tuesday unveiled a massive $146 billion "Marshall plan" for Puerto Rico with several other senators. "This is not acceptable, and we are here today to tell the people of Puerto Rico and tell the people of the Virgin Islands that they are not forgotten, they are not alone, and that we intend to do everything possible to rebuild those lovely islands".

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