Puerto Rico has a $6 billion unemployment aid package that is the biggest in the country’s history.
But the governor of Puerto Rico, Alejandro García Padilla, has refused to sign it, arguing that the $6.4 billion does not cover Puerto Rico for the duration of the pandemic.
Padilla’s office has said it is considering legal options to challenge the federal government’s use of the funds.
The federal government has said that Puerto Rico should receive $5 billion for a month, but Padilla has repeatedly said he would prefer $8 billion.
The government of Puerto Rican President Pedro Pablo Kuczynski has said the state will need $20 billion in its coffers to meet the needs of its 3.6 million people.
The president’s office also released a report Friday showing that the island has the lowest per capita income of any U.S. territory and that its unemployment rate is at its lowest level since 2009.
In a letter to Padilla this week, Gov.
Carmen Yulín Cruz, a Democrat, called the $7 billion pua would be “a great help to the people of Puerto Ricos struggling to get by.”
The U.N. said Friday that it would not be taking any steps to help Puerto Rico deal with its current unemployment problem.