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

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 is primarily known for his investigative reporting on the U.S. Virgin Islands. A series of reports beginning in the 1990's revealed that there was everything from coliform bacteria to Cryptosporidium in locally-bottled St. Croix drinking water, according to a then-unpublished University of the Virgin Islands sampling. Another report, following Hurricane Hugo in 1989, cited a Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) confidential overview that said that over 40 percent of the U.S. Virgin Islands public lives below the poverty line. The Virgin Islands Free Press is the only Caribbean news source to regularly incorporate the findings of U.S. Freedom of Information Act requests. John's articles have appeared in the BVI Beacon, St. Croix Avis, San Juan Star and Virgin Islands Daily News. He is the former news director of WSVI-TV Channel 8 on St. Croix.

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