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Month: June 2019

FEMA has high praise for the US Virgin Islands government’s hurricane prep efforts

A number of high-ranking officials from Region II of the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) had high praise for the Bryan/Roach Administration’s hurricane readiness efforts during briefings last week at the monthly Emergency Management Council meeting conducted by VI Territorial Emergency Management Agency Director Nominee Daryl Jaschen. Seven FEMA officials – including Region II Acting Caribbean Director Tito Hernandez and Region II Response Director Jason Wind, who arrived after Hurricane Irma and went through Hurricane Maria while spending several months in the territory – gave briefings and assessments and discussed lessons learned on topics ranging from cybersecurity to the...

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US Territories’ June 17-23, 2019 news week in tweets

Beto O’Rourke, Democratic Presidential Candidate, Believes in Self-Determination For Puerto Rico Beto O'Rourke: "As president, I will follow the decision of the people [of Puerto Rico] to decide how they will be represented, whether it is in the US Senate, whether it's in some form of independence, I want to make sure that they decide and that we are able to support them." — The Hill (@thehill) June 22, 2019 Beto O’Rourke, Democratic Presidential Candidate, believes in Self-Determination for Puerto Rico. stating, “As president, I will follow the decision of the people [of Puerto Rico] to decide how...

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US Virgin Islands officials testify before Congress on Medicaid ‘Fiscal Cliff’

United States Virgin Islands Administration officials from the USVI Department of Human Services testified before the US House Committee on Energy and Commerce on the Medicaid ‘Fiscal Cliff’ in Washington DC Thursday, where they continued the administration’s push for congressional action to prevent the US Virgin Islands and other insular territories from falling off the Medicaid fiscal cliff. Currently, the US Virgin Islands receives temporary Medicaid funds from the Affordable Care Act and the Bipartisan Budget Act of 2018 (BBA), both of which provide critical health care support to more than 28,000 residents enrolled in Medicaid in the US Virgin Islands,...

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US House unanimously approves González-Colón amendment to enhance U.S. Military readiness and help communities in need

The United States House of Representatives approved a bipartisan amendment sponsored by Resident Commissioner Jenniffer González-Colón (NPP, R) of Puerto Rico to increase funding for the US Department of Defense’s (DOD) Innovative Readiness Training program by an additional $4.356 million, bringing its total recommended funding level for FY 2020 to $30 million.  This program has had a significant impact in Puerto Rico, supporting DOD missions that provide health care and construction services to communities in need across the Island. The Innovative Readiness Training (IRT) program is a DOD military training opportunity, exclusive to the United States and its territories,...

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What to do this week of June 16, 2019

133 weeks down, 72 weeks to the presidential election. The AoC Checklist features clear, well-researched actions for Americans who value democracy, equality, voting, and respect. To stay engaged through challenging times, we practice gratitude, self-care, and celebration. I value democracy. ▢ Actions 1-8: Ensure that local governments count every single vote in 2020. The president can’t challenge election outcomes if they’re verifiable. Speak up for truth and transparency in our final week of the Voter Empowerment Project: Acts of Gratitude Get out your stamps, postcards, and sparkle markers for some gratitude mail. Thank CO Gov. Jared Polis for signing legislation into law protecting LGBTQ youth from so-called “conversion...

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