US Territories’ September 23-29, 2019 news week in tweets

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Massive Power Outage Leaves 150,000 Puerto Ricans Without Power

A massive power outage left between 150,000 and 200,000 Puerto Ricans without power on September 28. The disruption was resolved for most of the customers affected in approximately an hour but was the second major outage in the last week in the territory.

Puerto Rico Unveils Plan Out of Bankruptcy

Puerto Rico has a plan to get out of bankruptcy starting with 33% of its public debt being cut, which would slash its debt from $129 billion to $86 billion. The proposal, created by a seven-member federal oversight board, will go before a federal judge who will decide on any disputes.

Delegate Stacey Plaskett Speaks to US Virgin Island’s Vulnerability in Face of Climate Change

Delegate Stacey Plaskett (D) of the US Virgin Islands took to the House floor to express the US Virgin Islands’ vulnerability in the face of climate change. Plaskett declares that the territory is on the front lines of the growing climate crisis and that more action is needed to ensure safety for the territory and all Americans.

Trump Administration Moves Funds Intended for Guam to Build Border Wall

The Trump administration has moved funds intended for military construction projects in Guam to help fund the building of the southern border wall. The administration has vowed that it is not canceling the funds, but rather delaying them. Guam remains a crucial strategic territory for the US’s defense against China and North Korea.

Senate Passes Extension for American Samoa’s Full Federal Medicaid Match

The US Senate has passed an extension for American Samoa’s Storm Gita Medicaid match assistance program. The 100% match will be extended for another 8 weeks to November 21st.

500 Sails, a Nonprofit Focused on Restoring Cultural Heritage in the Northern Mariana Islands, Receives Federal Grant

500 Sails, Inc, a nonprofit focused on restoring cultural heritage in the Northern Mariana Islands, has been awarded a one-time emergency grant of $100,000 from the Department of Health and Human Services.