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. […]

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 […]

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. […]

St. John’s mask-making display wraps up this week at Interior Library

Inside the library of the United States Department of the Interior – across from the card catalog and alongside the shelves of books – you’ll find these masks, 45 of them in all. Each mask is hand-painted and designed by someone from the Virgin Islands. “People have been coming in over the last month or […]

Plaskett pushes for more rural broadband internet funding in Farm Bill

It’s been nearly one month since the Farm Bill expired. Right now, talks to pass a new one remains at a standstill during the campaign. Congresswoman Stacey Plaskett (D-V.I.) is one of the 56 members of the House and Senate Conference Committee that will pick up negotiations when congress resumes Nov. 13, what’s considered as […]

Plaskett, V.I. teacher’s union leaders in D.C. pushing for school recovery funding

Top lawmakers on the House Committee on Education and the Workforce Thursday are hearing from teachers affected by Hurricanes Maria in Irma. They’re demanding more money from Congress and less restrictions over that money to help rebuild the islands schools. Congresswoman Stacey Plaskett (D-V.I.) and leaders from the American Federation of Teachers covering all corners […]