SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) -- Puerto Rico's representative in Congress says the U.S. territory is slated to receive $10 million in federal funds to help fight drug trafficking, boost security and respond to natural disasters.
Pedro Pierluisi said Saturday the Federal Emergency Management Agency will allocate the money under four separate grants.
He also announced the Federal Aviation Administration will allocate $3.8 million, the majority of which will go toward runway improvements at three small airports, including an international airfield in the northwest coastal town of Aguadilla. The remainder will go toward evaluating overall infrastructure needs at airports in Puerto Rico and the popular neighboring islands of Vieques and Culebra.
Puerto Rico has endured nine years of economic stagnation and is struggling with $72 billion in public debt.