Cruz has had to repeatedly insist Puerto Rico is facing a humanitarian crisis in light of Trump understating the gravity of suffering facing the islanders.
Torres, 74, and her husband are too frail to leave their leave their homes for long stretches of time.
Though the official death toll from the storm stands at 45, at least 113 people are still listed as missing, and Guzman fears that the number of dead will increase. The measure now heads to the Senate, which returns from a weeklong recess next week.
More than 36,000 Puerto Ricans have arrived in Florida since October 3, the state's Division of Emergency Management said.
Sawyer says even three weeks after the storm hit, the island is still in the initial phase of recovery.
And outside San Juan, in many cases FEMA isn't there at all, the volunteers said.
Thousands have fled Puerto Rico in the three weeks since Hurricane Maria hit, but for the millions remaining the struggle for life's basic necessities seems to be never-ending.
What is the government doing?
"And there has been a negative response" from Washington, he added. The island was the brainchild of a scientist named Clarence Ray Carpenter, who brought the monkeys from India in an effort to study them in a controlled environment.
The bill combines $18.7 billion for the Federal Emergency Management Agency with $16 billion to permit the financially troubled federal flood insurance program pay an influx of Harvey-related claims. She lives alone and has no transportation. The researchers study the primates' DNA and community behaviors but don't kill them. "That's why we're here - to help, to assist and to guide", Cruz said.
Besides food and potable water - the amounts limited by the carrying capacity of the volunteers' vans and the roads clogged with fallen trees - the medical volunteers from SEIU, National Nurses United and the American Federation of Teachers nurses' sector are also teaching people about methods to purify water and otherwise avoid potentially deadly diseases, such as cholera.
Eighty percent of Democrats said the Puerto Ricans aren't getting enough help and only 17 percent said they are getting enough help.
Sixty-seven percent of Democrats said the Puerto Rico response paled in comparison to other natural disasters in the United States, while 65 percent of Republicans said the Trump administration has done "about the same" as it has for other regions.
Union members unload relief supplies in Puerto Rico.
Scientists believe that most, if not all, of the monkeys have survived, but Snyder-Mackler said the research will be delayed for many months.
"It is shameful that President Trump is threatening to abandon these Americans when they most need the federal government's help", said Maryland Rep. Steny Hoyer, the second-ranking House Democrat. "Puerto Rico is part of the U.S., and if President Trump wants to cut off FEMA, that's ridiculous".
While Guzman and his team were at work in the seaside town, news circulated that President Donald Trump had tweeted that FEMA and the US military can't stay in Puerto Rico forever. Where others fail, you give us hope and you did not run away. "They're the reason we're here".
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