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“Puerto Rico is a strong place and Puerto Ricans are strong people. But even so, you have had to bear so much and more than need be, and you haven't gotten the help in a timely way,” President Biden said while visiting the island. (Evan Vucci/AP)

Today, President Biden arrived in Puerto Rico on the first of two trips scheduled this week to hurricane-damaged communities. On Wednesday, he plans to visit Florida.

While in Puerto Rico, Biden announced more than $60 million in federal funding to shore up levees, strengthen flood walls and create a new flood warning system to help the island better prepare for storms. Hurricane Fiona hit Puerto Rico on Sept. 18, knocking out power across the U.S. territory. As he left the White House, Biden said Puerto Ricans “haven’t been taken very good care of” in the past.

“I’m determined to help Puerto Rico build faster than in the past and stronger, better prepared for the future,” the president said, adding that the federal government must “ensure that when the next hurricane strikes, Puerto Rico is ready.”

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  • 10 a.m. Eastern time: The Supreme Court heard its first oral arguments of its new term. Listen here.
  • 10:10 a.m. Eastern: Biden departed the White House en route to Puerto Rico. White House press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre briefed reporters on board Air Force One. Listen here.
  • 2:30 p.m. Eastern: Biden received a briefing and delivered remarks in Ponce, Puerto Rico. Watch here.
  • 3:30 p.m. Eastern: Biden visited a school in Ponce, Puerto Rico.
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10 a.m. Eastern time: The Supreme Court heard its first oral arguments of its new term. Listen here.
10:10 a.m. Eastern: Biden departed the White House en route to Puerto Rico. White House press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre briefed reporters on board Air Force One. Listen here.
2:30 p.m. Eastern: Biden received a briefing and delivered remarks in Ponce, Puerto Rico. Watch here.
3:30 p.m. Eastern: Biden visited a school in Ponce, Puerto Rico.

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