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Month: October 2019

What to do this week of October 20, 2019

169 weeks down, 54 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. With respect and collaboration, we work to create a nation that welcomes all people, expands freedoms, and upholds the Constitution. ▢ Action 1: Advocate for paid time off for voting on November 5. [h/t Election Day] Call or write: Your employer. Script: Many Americans decide not to participate in elections due to the economic hardship of unpaid time off, and state laws vary widely when it...

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US Territories’ October 14-20, 2019 news week in tweets

Trump Officials Admit That Aid to Puerto Rico Was Stalled After Hurricane Maria Trump officials say aid to Puerto Rico was knowingly stalled after Hurricane Maria — The Hill (@thehill) October 19, 2019 Two officials from the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) admitted at a hearing this week that HUD knowingly stalled sending hurricane relief funding to Puerto Rico after missing a legally required deadline to do so. Mick Mulvaney Compares Ukraine to Puerto Rico Today Mick Mulvaney compared Puerto Rico to Ukraine, suggesting they are both foreign entities. Since this White House likes sharpies...

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Puerto Rico set to substantially reduce debt following Rosselló’s resignation

Following the resignation of former Governor Ricardo Rosselló (NPP, D), the Financial Oversight & Management Board for Puerto Rico has put out a new plan to remove 60% of Puerto Rico’s debt through auspicious plans and cuts to the general budget and other places across the board. This new plan comes just 2 months after the leadership shift on the islands and a generally tumultuous couple of years since the financial trouble lead to the bankruptcy and the creation of the oversight board in 2017. This plan includes several key facets that have effects on the people and businesses...

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Tourism and tech growth on the horizon as Puerto Rico gets new governor

After the widely publicized downfall of former Puerto Rico Governor Ricardo Rosselló (NPP, D), the territory now has a new leader in the seat, Wanda Vázquez (NPP, D). With a new political leader in place, Puerto Rico’s economic development will also be in focus after tumultuous strife following public protests that eventually led to Rosselló’s resignation. With this in place, new prospects lay ahead for Puerto Rico, where the economy is already growing in areas after Hurricane Maria, bankruptcy issues, and after disputes over federal funding caused a major setback to the territory’s economy over the previous two years....

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US Supreme Court hears case on Oversight Board appointments, could review the Insular Cases

On Tuesday, the United States Supreme Court’s nine Justices squarely faced the question of where the Insular Cases stand as they consider whether the Financial Oversight and Management Board for Puerto Rico violates the Appointments Clause of the Constitution. This follows concerns two Justices raised about the Insular Cases last week that hint to the possibility that after more than a century there may finally be interest on the Court to reconsider the Insular Cases. During the actual oral arguments however, the Justices seemed to focus more on whether the board was primary or purely local powers versus federal...

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