US Territories’ May 11-17, 2020 news week in tweets
DEMOCRATS’ $3 TRILLION OPENING BID FOR THE NEXT STIMULUS PACKAGE
House Democrats have released a bill to bolster governments, increase widespread testing, extend unemployment insurance, and expand vote-by-mail ahead of the November election. The bill contains $20 billion for territories like Puerto Rico, Guam, and the US Virgin Islands. But while this bill is Democrats’ opening salvo, they still need to negotiate with Republicans.
PUERTO RICO AWAITS AID FROM CONGRESS AFTER ONGOING EARTHQUAKES
Puerto Rico was hit by a series of earthquakes starting last December, which needs more aid to get on the long-term path to recovery. HR 5687, the Puerto Rico Earthquake Supplemental, was passed in February by the House and currently awaits judgement in the Senate.
ARMY INFECTIOUS DISEASE DOCTOR AIDED COVID-19 RESPONSE IN GUAM
Meet MAJ (Dr.) Gadiel Alvarado, an infectious disease doctor who aided COVID-19 response in Guam.
AIRCRAFT CARRIER SAILORS BACK ABOARD AFTER FIGHTING THE VIRUS FOR WEEKS
The aircraft carrier Theodore Roosevelt continued its monthlong fight against the novel coronavirus. A sailor infected with the coronavirus was quickly whisked off the ship and now it is docked in Guam as Navy officials prepare for the vessel to deploy.
HAPPY EMERGENCY MEDICAL SERVICES (EMS) WEEK
Celebrate Emergency Medical Services (EMS) Week with the men and women of the Virgin Islands Department of Health!
US NAVY SEABEES HELP FIGHT WILD BRUSH FIRES IN THE NORTHERN MARIANA ISLANDS
Brush fires are common to the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands (CNMI) during the dry season, which is from December to June. U.S. Navy Seabees assisted in the preventative and reactionary support of quelling local brush fires in the CNMI from May 9 to May 11.
360 VIDEO: VISITING THE ROSE ATOLL, THE ‘ISLAND OF SEABIRDS’
Immerse yourself in the wildlife, sounds, and natural beauty of the Rose Atoll, an uninhabited remote wildlife refuge in American Samoa.