The Trump administration announced Friday that the United States will reimburse Puerto Rico for some of the cost of implementing the economic opportunity laws, which have helped the island’s economy rebound.
The payments are part of the $6.4 billion that the Trump administration is using to help Puerto Rico rebuild from Hurricanes Maria and Irma, which devastated the island last year.
They are a significant boost to the island, which had been unable to recover from the hurricanes and has been struggling with severe shortages of basic goods and services.
The White House announced the payments as part of a series of steps aimed at helping the island recover.
The federal government, which has a $60 billion disaster relief fund, will reimburse states and localities for $8.7 billion, and Puerto Rico will reimburse localities and states $2.9 billion.
The administration said it will send a total of $11.4 million to Puerto Rico over three years to assist the recovery.
The Trump administration has been trying to help the island since the hurricane hit in September.
Trump called for a “historic” economic recovery on his first day in office in September, but it has proved difficult to achieve.
The island is still recovering from a Category 5 hurricane that battered the island and damaged more than $20 billion in property and infrastructure.
The president also said that Puerto Rico would receive federal disaster aid.
Trump said he would ask Congress to give the island federal disaster relief in 2019, 2020 and 2021.
The first aid package was not released until late September.
The Puerto Rican government is hoping that the $7 billion in federal aid will help Puerto Rican businesses.