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Tue Jul 2, 2019, 06:38 PM

U.S. House panel sets July 10 deadline in hurricane response probe

Source: Reuters

POLITICS JULY 2, 2019 / 11:15 AM / UPDATED 3 HOURS AGO

U.S. House panel sets July 10 deadline in hurricane response probe

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A U.S. House of Representatives committee has called on the White House to turn over documents related to the Trump administration’s handling of hurricanes in 2017 that devastated Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands, accusing it of stonewalling.

In a letter released on Tuesday, the House Oversight and Reform panel said the White House had repeatedly refused to produce any documents about Hurricanes Irma and Maria to lawmakers, who are investigating preparation and relief efforts for the storms, which killed thousands of people.

“It is unacceptable for the White House to completely ignore valid requests from this Committee ... especially when they relate to the death of thousands of American citizens,” the panel’s Democratic chairman, Representative Elijah Cummings, wrote on Monday.

Nearly 3,000 people died in Puerto Rico following Hurricane Maria. Irma also devastated other parts of the Caribbean and Florida.

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