Plaskett talks about her ‘very unusual position’ when it comes to the 2020 presidential race

Another busy week in the race for the White House in 2020 continues following a pair of announcements and an increasingly popular candidate prepares to formally announce his bid on Sunday. This week, Rep. Eric Swalwell (D-Calif.) threw his hat into the ring. Former Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe said he would soon decide about a […]

Plaskett talks Oversight Committee investigations into WH security clearances

House Democrats are ramping up investigations this week into President Trump and the White House. The House Oversight Committee has served subpoenas demanding more information into how top white house officials received their high-ranking security credentials. That includes the President’s senior advisor and son-in-law Jared Kushner. He reportedly was denied permanent security clearances for more […]

Lawmakers introduce Puerto Rico statehood bill that would avoid referendum

The fight for Puerto Rico’s statehood is back on again in Washington. During a news conference outside of the Capitol Thursday morning, lawmakers in the United States House unveiled what they call a first-ever bipartisan proposal that would admit Puerto Rico to the union as the 51ststate without a referendum on the island’s territorial status. […]

Plaskett, Gonzalez-Colon aim to lift Medicaid funding cap for U.S. territories

Lawmakers across the Caribbean are urging Congress to make health care laws more equal for Americans living in the territories. That push came Wednesday afternoon led by Rep. Stacey Plaskett (D-Virgin Islands) and Jenniffer Gonzalez-Colon (R-Puerto Rico). Among the biggest changes, the proposal would eliminate the cap on Medicaid funding for territories by allowing the funding […]

González Colón, Plaskett aim to repeal Congressional cockfighting ban

http://vods3-prod.franklyinc.com/wicu/WICU_130220191502479148AB.mp4   Cockfighting rings pumped an estimated $18 million into Puerto Rico’s economy each year. But they won’t in 2019, at least not legally. On Wednesday, Congresswoman Jenniffer Gonzalez-Colon (R-Puerto Rico) introduced legislation that would repeal Congress’s ban on cockfighting, which officially took effect last month as a part of the 2018 Farm Bill.  While […]

Plaskett talks shutdown, Trump’s financial records following new committee post

The U.S. Senate is scheduled to vote on a pair of bills Thursday that could reopen the federal government following a partial shutdown that’s now 33 days in the making. The first, supported by Senate Republicans and Sen. Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) mirrors President Trump’s proposal offered over the weekend: $5.7 billion for a […]

Plaskett says shutdown is already hurting V.I. residents, workers

It’s day 18 of the partial government shutdown, and its effects are seen across the Virgin Islands. Congresswoman Stacey Plaskett (D-V.I.) addressed the shutdown during a news conference Tuesday afternoon at the Henry Rohlson Airport Terminal, St. Croix. Right now, 58 National Park Service employees are furloughed on the Islands, meaning they are on leave […]

Bryan meets with Plaskett, FEMA director in Washington

Governor-Elect Albert Bryan is making his first trip to Washington this week since winning the runoff election on Nov. 20. On Tuesday, he met with Congresswoman Stacey Plaskett (D-V.I.), and Federal Emergency Management Agency Director Brock Long. It comes as Virgin Island residents could be paying more to fund the hurricane relief efforts, now some […]

U.S. Capitol Christmas Tree now lit and on display

The nation’s capital is getting into the holiday spirit on Thursday. With the flip of a switch, Washington wasn’t just it’s partisan colors of red and blue. Instead, the colors of the season. House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wisc.) led the 55th annual tradition of lighting the Capitol Hill Christmas tree, but this year with late […]