Tag: United States House of Representatives

Delegate to Congress Stacey Plaskett Shares More Details About Her VISA Waiver Act

WASHINGTON U.S. Virgin Islands Delegate to Congress Stacey Plaskett released the following statement of clarification regarding her Virgin Islands Visa Waiver Act’s (H.R. 5460) approval by the House Judiciary Committee: “The Virgin Islands Visa Waiver Act was passed out of the U.S. House of Representatives Judiciary Committee, which is one step in the legislative process. The […]

U.S. Virgin Islands Greenlights Caribbean Nationals’ Visits By Waiving Visa Requirement

CHARLOTTE AMALIE — The territory will no longer require a visa for visitors from neighboring Caribbean islands. The House of Representatives’ Judiciary Committee approved The Virgin Islands Visa Waiver Act, making it possible for visitors from the Caribbean to receive a non-immigrant visitor visa exemption to enter St. Thomas, St. Croix and St. John for up to […]

WHAT’S THE HOLDUP? Plaskett, Payne Weigh In On U.S. Attorney Confirmation Delay

CHARLOTTE AMALIE — Virgin Islands Senator-at-Large Steven Payne Jr. said Monday that he’d written a letter to U.S. Senator Tom Cotton “expressing outrage that partisan politics is standing in the way of the U.S. Senate confirming the first Black woman to be the U.S. Attorney for the U.S. Virgin Islands.” Payne referred to the historic […]

Bryan Testifies About ‘Building Back Better’ Before U.S. House Committee

CHRISTIANSTED — Governor Albert Bryan testified remotely today before the U.S. House Committee on Natural Resources and told federal lawmakers that Virgin Islanders are well-versed in resilience and building back; however, the territories lack the financial support from the federal government that would allow them to stay abreast of the constant challenges  they face. “The funds […]

Crack Down On The Horrific Blood Sport Of Cockfighting: OP-ED

The origin of cockfighting dates back thousands of years, but it was during Ferdinand Magellan’s voyage to the Philippines in 1521 that modern cockfighting was first documented by his chronicler, Antonio Pigafetta, in the kingdom of Taytay. It’s a gruesome and still-rampant blood sport, disturbingly present in Massachusetts. Most states banned cockfighting in the 19th […]

As Trump Prosecutor, V.I. Delegate Plaskett Gets Her Say In Impeachment Trial

WASHINGTON (AP) — Stacey Plaskett couldn’t cast a vote last month when the House impeached former President Donald Trump. But she can help prosecute him. The non-voting delegate from the U.S. Virgin Islands is among the impeachment managers selected by House Speaker Nancy Pelosi to argue the case that Trump incited a deadly insurrection at […]

Democratic-Led House, Drawing A Line, Kicks Greene Off Committees

WASHINGTON — A fiercely divided House tossed Georgia Representative Marjorie Taylor Greene off both her committees today, an unprecedented punishment that Democrats said she’d earned by spreading hateful and violent conspiracy theories. Underscoring the political vise her inflammatory commentary has clamped her party into, nearly all Republicans voted against the Democratic move but none defended her […]

V.I. Delegate Stacey Plaskett Appointed To House Budget Committee By Democratic Caucus

WASHINGTON — Non-voting Virgin Islands Delegate to Congress Stacey Plaskett said Wednesday that she has been appointed to the House Budget Committee by the Democratic caucus. The Budget Committee’s chief responsibility is to draft an annual concurrent resolution on the budget that provides the other congressional committees a framework for spending and revenue levels, the […]

House of Representatives Approves $2,000 Coronavirus Aid Checks Sought By Trump

PALM BEACH, Florida — The Democratic-led U.S. House of Representatives voted 275-134 to meet President Donald Trump’s demand for $2,000 COVID-19 relief checks on Monday, sending the measure on to an uncertain future in the Republican-controlled Senate. But even as Democrats helped secure approval for what the Republican president sought on stimulus payments, they spearheaded […]