Plaskett, lawmakers meet with American Red Cross

On Capitol Hill Wednesday, federal lawmakers from the Caribbean met with officials from the American Red Cross. It’s part of the Red Cross’s Emergency Preparedness Month. Congresswoman Stacey Plaskett (D-V.I.) and Congresswoman Jenniffer Gonzalez-Colon (R-Puerto Rico) discussed what they have learned since Hurricanes Irma and Maria, and most recently Hurricane Dorian. They’re working closely to […]

Plaskett to donate Epstein campaign contributions, says other V.I. lawmakers also accepted his donations

Congresswoman Stacey Plaskett (D-V.I.) announced Tuesday afternoon she will donate campaign contributions she has received from multimillionaire and political financier Jeffrey Epstein, who is accused of child-sex trafficking. “My litmus test for accepting campaign contributions has been based on whether the donor’s money was made legally or by ill-gotten means and that the contributor will […]

Plaskett chairs first subcommittee hearing

Seniority has its perks for Congresswoman Stacey Plaskett. The third term Democrat is in her first committee chair position during her time in Congress. Plaskett chairs the House Agriculture’s Committee’s Biotech, Horticulture and Research Subcommittee, which had their first meeting Wednesday morning. The subcommittee is focusing on what could be a big move by the […]

Plaskett, Gonzalez-Colon offer solutions as “Medicaid cliff” looms

The clock is ticking for federal lawmakers to avoid what’s known as the “Medicaid cliff.” Key funding for the Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico is set to expire at the end of September, and new legislation to prevent that cliff is expected to drop as soon as next week. When it comes to Medicaid, territories […]

Plaskett reflects on infrastructure tour ahead of National Infrastructure Week

Talks of a massive infrastructure project continue between Congressional leaders and the White House, and Del. Stacey Plaskett (D-V.I.) is getting a firsthand look at potential projects.  During the recent two-week Congressional recess period, Plaskett and members of the New Democrats Infrastructure Task Force embarked on a cross-country infrastructure listening tour. Plaskett is a co-chair […]

House Oversight Committee delays subpoena deadline for Trump’s financial records pending court ruling

The House Oversight Committee has postponed its deadline to subpoena President Donald Trump’s financial records pending a court ruling on the matter. The committee will wait until after a court rules on a lawsuit filed by Trump’s legal team on Monday regarding those financial records. It’s the latest push by the House Oversight Committee to […]

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 […]