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 […]

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. […]

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 […]

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 […]

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, Agriculture conference committee reach Farm Bill deal

After a year of battling rising costs stemming from tariffs implemented by the Trump administration to hundreds of dairy farmers losing their contracts with their processors, there is finally some good news for farmers. Federal lawmakers late Thursday agreed in principle on a new farm bill nearly two months after the previous version expired. The […]

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. […]

Plaskett, Pelosi lead fight for more hurricane recovery funding

Hurricanes Irma and Maria caused a combined $140 billion in damage across the U.S. Virgin Islands, Puerto Rico and the southern United States, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. That’s why Friday, top Democrats from those areas are demanding more help from Washington. “We have a moral obligation to do better not only […]