US Territories’ March 25-31, 2019 news week in tweets
Delays in Congress’s funding for food stamps have massive ramifications for Puerto Ricans
Puerto Rico faces food stamps crisis as Trump privately vents about federal aid to Hurricane Maria-battered island https://t.co/shAYjLC1aH
— The Washington Post (@washingtonpost) March 25, 2019
The lack of funding for food stamps has caused the many Puerto Ricans, who depended on them, to cut back on food. The Casa Ismael, a non-profit that helps HIV positive men in Puerto Rico, has had to cut back services because it relies on its patients food stamp money for funding.
Trump Complains to republican Senators that Puerto Rico is getting too much hurricane relief funding
Trump complains to senators that Puerto Rico is getting too much hurricane relief funding https://t.co/wKzs4W5L1t
— The Washington Post (@washingtonpost) March 26, 2019
President Donald Trump questioned republican senators why Puerto Rico received $91 billion in hurricane relief funding, while Texas and South Carolina only received $29 and $1.5 billion in the same funding. It is unknown where President Donald Trump got the $91 billion figure for Puerto Rican relief. With the President also stating one could purchase Puerto Rico four times over with $91 billion according to those familiar with his comments.
Guam Becomes the first US territory in 2019 to send marijuana legalization to governor
A legalization bill in Guam is now on the way to the Governor's desk, who is expected to sign it into law! https://t.co/mr6Y6pEBYs
— Marijuana Policy Project (@MarijuanaPolicy) March 27, 2019
Lawmakers in Guam voted in favor for marijuana legalization sending it to Governor Lou Leon Guerrero’s desk, who is expected to sign it into law. The law would allow adults 21 years and older to purchase, consume, possess, and cultivate marijuana.
Both natural and man-made disasters have made the US territory of American Samoa increasingly reliant on federal funds
— Pasquines (@Pasquines_US) March 27, 2019
Lolo Matalasi Moliga (D), Governor of American Samoa, requested additional funds from the United States Senate for American Samoa’s infrastructure and food needs. Natural and man-made disasters have put significant pressure on American Samoa’s budget, which now requires additional support from the Federal government.
Reapportionment Initiative in the US Virgin Islands Fails to Come Close to Required Turnout
St John Tradewinds: Reapportionment Initiative Fails to Come Close to Required Turnout https://t.co/nFmuJIfBtw
— USVirginIslands News🇻🇮 (@USVInews) March 31, 2019
The Reapportionment initiative posed a yes-or-no question on the ballot, asking voters if they were in favor of restructuring the Virgin Islands Legislature. The proposal would have split the territory into five districts: St. Thomas East, St. Thomas West, St. Croix East, St. Croix West, and St. John.