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Congressman Bruce Poliquin

Representing the 2nd District of Maine

With Mainers Stranded, Rep. Poliquin Is Urging State and Defense Departments to Immediately Launch Rescue Efforts For Americans on Storm Stricken Islands

September 8, 2017
Press Release
Poliquin spoke with the group of Mainers today by phone and is in direct contact with State and Defense Department officials

WASHINGTON – With a wedding group from Maine stranded on Sint Maarten in the Caribbean following the devastation of Hurricane Irma, and with another potentially destructive major storm in Hurricane Jose close behind, Congressman Bruce Poliquin (ME-02) is joining a bipartisan group of lawmakers in urging the State and Defense Departments to immediately coordinate in launching rescue efforts for the nearly 6,000 Americans left stranded on the Caribbean islands.

 

“We are all family in Maine. My heart dropped when I heard about the wedding party that has been horribly caught up in the terrors of this storm,” said Congressman Poliquin. “I am in direct communication with the State and Defense Departments, as well as the group of Mainers in Sint Maarten, and am going to use the full weight of my office to do everything I can to help keep these Mainers safe and brought home speedily. I spoke with State Department officials this morning and urged them to take swift action to rescue these trapped Mainers.”

 

Congressman Poliquin and a bipartisan group of lawmakers, including Congresswoman Chellie Pingree (ME-01), are writing to Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and Secretary of Defense James B. Mattis urging their departments to coordinate in the efforts to rescue Americans before the other looming storm, Hurricane Jose, worsens the situation.

 

Today, Congressman Poliquin spoke directly with the group of Mainers in Sint Maarten and State Department officials.

 

Earlier today, Congress passed a $15.25 billion relief package for the communities devastated by Hurricane Harvey. Congressman Poliquin has stated that he stands ready to help all the American communities impacted by these storms, including Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands.

 

Click HERE to see a PDF of the letter.