US Territories’ January 7-13, 2019 news week in tweets
Northern Mariana Islanders Are Waiting for Their Homes to be Rebuilt
There are so many families who are still recovering two months after the worst storm of 2018. But their stories have largely gone untold because the Northern Mariana Islands are so far away from the mainland U.S. Here are five of their stories: https://t.co/TdovY1vpl7
— Anita Hofschneider (@ahofschneider) January 11, 2019
Two months after Super Typhoon Yutu hit the Northern Mariana Islands, most of the territory does not have electricity. Many are living in makeshift homes without basic utilities and food, waiting for relief and aid.
House Democrats Fly to Puerto Rico Despite Government Shutdown
30 Democrats in Puerto Rico with 109 lobbyists for weekend despite shutdown https://t.co/wZaj9Nm8Dc
— Laura Ingraham (@IngrahamAngle) January 12, 2019
30 House Democrats flew to Puerto Rico with lobbyists to attend the Congressional Hispanic Caucus BOLD PAC winter retreat. They plan to discuss Puerto Rico’s recovery efforts after Hurricane Maria. They also will be attending parties and watching Hamilton: The Musical.
Trump Administration Looks at Disaster Relief Fund to Pay for Wall
"No wall should be financed with the pain and suffering of US citizens who have suffered tragedy and loss through a natural disaster. This includes citizens who live in California, Texas, Puerto Rico, the US Virgin Islands and other jurisdictions."
— Nidhi Prakash (@nidhiprakash) January 11, 2019
Trump is prepared to declare a national emergency to allocate $5 billion to build a wall along the United States and Mexico border. The administration is looking at funds from a disaster spending bill, as well as other military spending, to fund the wall. The money from California, Puerto Rico, and US Virgin Islands recovery efforts would be taken to build it.
Mark VI Patrol Boats Used for Relief in Guam
#USNavy Mark VI Patrol Boats, stationed on #Guam, were instrumental in recovery efforts for Supertyphoon #Yutu. The Navy recently carried out a long-range transit over 500 nm to Yap, testing the reach of the vessels for future ops w/ Micronesia & Palau. https://t.co/HdvGtpzCLM pic.twitter.com/og3GT4eLxg
— U.S. Indo-Pacific Command (@INDOPACOM) January 8, 2019
Mark VI patrol boats from the United States Navy were instrumental in the recovery efforts in Guam after Super Typhoon Yutu. They delivered service members, supplies, and equipment. As the boats continue to travel further, the Navy hopes to expand the operational reach of the Mark VI boats.
Tax Office in American Samoa shut down due to dead rats
Stench of dead rats shuts down American Samoa tax office https://t.co/GbGThBYXnG pic.twitter.com/sDFSY6yWZ0
— RNZ Pacific (@RNZPacific) January 11, 2019
The tax office in American Samoa was shut down due to a stench from dead rats. The government building has faced a rat infestation problem for quite a while.