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Virgin Islands G.O.P. To Bring Territorial Issues To Congress Today


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WASHINGTON — The territory’s Republican leaders are going to
Capitol Hill today.

Virgin Islands Republican Party chairman John Canegata, national
committeewoman and former territorial Sen. Lilliana Belardo de O’Neal,
and national committeeman Jevon Williams will raise several issues in
a meeting with the Republican majority on the House of Representatives
Subcommittee on Indian, Insular, and Alaskan Native Affairs.

“With a Republican congressional majority and an incoming Republican
president, the Virgin Islands GOP is uniquely positioned to be a voice
for our territory,” Canegata said. “We are committed to ensuring a
better, brighter future for our island communities.”

After their meeting in the House, the Republican leaders will show
their support for Congressman Ryan Zinke at his confirmation hearing.

Zinke, R-Montana, is President-elect Donald Trump’s designee for
secretary of the Department of Interior. As secretary of Interior,
Zinke would oversee the five U.S. territories.

Canegata, Belardo de O’Neal, and Williams will also continue advising
on the filling of presidential appointments in the Virgin Islands,
including for U.S. attorney, U.S. marshal, and judge of the federal
District Court.

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John McCarthy

John McCarthy

John McCarthy has been reporting on the U.S. Virgin Islands and the Caribbean region since 1989. John's articles have appeared in the BVI Beacon, St. Croix Avis, San Juan Star and Virgin Islands Daily News. He is originally from Detroit, Michigan.

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