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U.S. Sen. Bill Cassidy, Puerto Rico Electric Power Authority executive director Ricardo Ramos, Puerto Rico Gov. Ricardo Rossello and U.S. Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee chair Lisa Murkowski assess damage at the Palo Seco Power Plant in San Juan, Puerto Rico on Monday, Nov. 6, 2017. Photo courtesy Rossello's office.

Photo via Puerto Rico Gov. Ricardo Rossello's office

U.S. Sen. Bill Cassidy joined joined other members of Congress and the Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources in a trip to the U.S. Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico this week to assess damage from Hurricanes Irma and Maria.

"Following similar disasters, Louisiana has experienced the generosity of others, and we are prepared to show the same to our fellow Americans," Cassidy, R-Baton Rouge, said in a statement Monday. "In the days ahead, Congress will help ensure the people of Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands have the resources they need to fully recover."

Murkowski, R-Alaska, last month announced that the Energy and Natural Resources Committee would hold a hearing in the coming weeks on the hurricanes' impact on the U.S. territory islands.

The delegation visited the Knud Hansen Hospital and the Schneider Medical Center in the U.S. Virgin Islands on Sunday and visited the Joint Field Office in San Juan, Puerto Rico on Monday. According to a release from Cassidy's office, they received several briefings on recovery efforts in Puerto Rico and surveyed damage on the island by helicopter.

Gov. John Bel Edwards last week led a delegation of top disaster recovery leaders from Louisiana to Puerto Rico for meetings with Puerto Rico Gov. Ricardo Rossello and others. The group toured some of the hardest-hit areas on the island and also surveyed damage by helicopter.

Louisiana has deployed more than 300 members of its National Guard and a state-wide donation drive collected 100 pallets of needed items for hurricane victims there.

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