US Territories’ January 7-13, 2019 news week in tweets

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Northern Mariana Islanders Are Waiting for Their Homes to be Rebuilt

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 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

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

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

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.