US Territories’ June 10-16, 2019 news week in tweets

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Tom Perez, DNC Chairman, Supports Puerto Rican Statehood

Tom Perez the DNC Chairman reiterates his support of Puerto Rican statehood in a speech in Santa Fe. Perez stated, “The territorial status of Puerto Rico does not afford equal rights to its US citizens.”

Governor Ricardo Rosselló Rescinds Religious Freedom Bill

Massachusetts Senator Elizabeth Warren expressed her support of Governor Ricardo Rossello for rescinding a religious freedom bill in Puerto Rico. The bill was feared to be utilized as an avenue for discrimination of the LGBTQ+ community.

EPA Proposes to Approve US Virgin Islands Solid Waste Program

The EPA proposes to approve a solid waste program for the US Virgin Islands. It would allow for the expansion of existing landfills, construct new of landfills, and allow the use of alternative daily cover and other operational flexibilities at the landfills. Public hearings will be held from July 23 to July 25.

Bernie Sanders Unveils Legislation to put US Territories on Par With States

Bernie Sanders unveils legislation to deal with the immediate humanitarian needs in the US territories of Puerto Rico, the US Virgin Islands, Guam, American Samoa, and the Northern Mariana Islands. The bill would correct inequalities in federal health care funding.

Pro-Life Demonstration on Guam in Response to Island’s Efforts to Recruit a Doctor to Perform Abortions

Pro-life demonstration breaks out on Guam in response to the island’s efforts to recruit a doctor to perform abortions.

Tsunami Warning for American Samoa

A Tsunami warning has been issued for American Samoa. Waves are projected to be less than a foot in height.

Residents of the Northern Mariana Islands Discovered an Illegal Navy Strategy to Construct Bombing Ranges

Residents of the Northern Mariana Islands have discovered a possibly illegal strategy by the US Navy to construct bombing ranges. The military, with little consultation of the locals of the Northern Mariana Islands, is looking to expand bombing ranges to practice launching mortars, firing rockets, and dropping bombs.

NOAA Fisheries Proposes a 2,000 Ton Limit on Tuna for American Samoa, Guam, and the Northern Mariana Islands

NOAA Fisheries proposes a 2,000 ton limit of longline-caught tuna in 2019 for each US Pacific territory (American Samoa, Guam, and the Northern Mariana Islands).