House Democrats seek independent commission on Hurricane Maria deaths

Members of the Congressional Hispanic Congress hold a press conference outside the Capitol on June 6, 2018. (Circa)

Members of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus announced Wednesday they are preparing legislation to create an independent commission to investigate the federal response to Hurricane Maria, in the wake of new data indicating at least 1,300 more people died in Puerto Rico due to the storm than initially reported.

“The evidence is making it clear, Maria may be one of the worst natural disasters in U.S. history,” said Rep. Nydia Velasquez, D-N.Y., at a Capitol Hill press conference.