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Author: Stacey Gonzalez

Bipartisan Budget Act of 2018 delivers disaster aid and tax credits to US territories

The second government shutdown of the year ended when President Trump signed off on the Bipartisan Budget Act of 2018, early Friday morning. Although brief, the shutdown was stalled due to Senator Paul Rand of Kentucky’s (R) opposition to the bill’s proposed increase in government funding. The stopgap bill outlined budgeting for both military and domestic programs over two years, which allotted $165 billion and $131 billion, respectively. The budget bill increases government spending, and will allow for an increased deficit through 2019.   Included in the bill are almost $90 billion dollars in relief assistance for areas that...

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Territorial delegates respond to State of the Union

President Trump’s first State of the Union address received much criticism before it had even aired.  Most notably, Maxine Waters, Representative of California and Supreme Court Justice, Ruth Ginsburg had announced that they would not attend the speech along with other Democratic Representatives. As another political move by the Democratic Party, Representative Kirsten Gillibrand brought Mayor of San Juan, Carmen Yulin Cruz to the 80-minute speech on Tuesday. Also, in attendance was Territorial Delegate of the US Virgin Islands Stacey Plaskett along with two survivors of Hurricane Maria. For his part President Trump referenced the two hurricane ravaged territories in his speech...

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