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 pushes to improve disaster recovery

Virgin Islands delegate to Congress, Stacey Plaskett, is pushing for federal improvements to disaster recovery.  Plaskett and a Congressman from Louisiana introduced a bill designed to help communities recover from disasters and increase disaster program transparency and oversight.  This is also in response to recent protests over nonpayment to recovery workers in the territory.  Plaskett […]

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 […]

From soldiers to students, thousands pay respects to George H.W. Bush inside Capitol Rotunda

There was a steady stream of well-wishers throughout the day inside the U.S. Capitol Rotunda Tuesday with thousands of Americans paying their respects to the late president George H.W. Bush on Tuesday. This was the first and only full day the 41stU.S. President will lie in state. For some visitors, it’s a chance to thank […]

Plaskett supports Pelosi, but hopes younger leaders will rise in Democratic Party

Congresswoman Stacey Plaskett (D-V.I.) says she will support Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) as nominee for Speaker of the House. But she’s also hoping that younger voices will be heard in the next Congress. In a statement released Wednesday, Plaskett also congratulated Representatives Steny Hoyer and Jim Clyburn for being elected by the Democratic Caucus. […]