Alvin Baez | Reuters
Haydee Mestre looks inside her refrigerator after Hurricane Maria destroyed the town’s bridge and the surrounding areas, in San Lorenzo, Morovis, Puerto Rico, October 5, 2017.
The U.S. House of Representatives is expected on Thursday to approve $36.5 billion in emergency relief for hurricane-hit areas such as Florida, Texas, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands, as well as California, struck by devastating wildfires.
Included in the bill is $18.7 billion for the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s disaster relief fund. Of that, $4.9 billion is earmarked for loans to local governments to ensure that the cash-strapped U.S. territory of Puerto Rico can keep government…