GOP statement on Secretary Zinke’s visit to the Virgin Islands

Republican Party of the United States Virgin Islands Chairman John Canegata issued the following statement ahead of Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke’s visit for the centennial of Transfer Day:

“Secretary Zinke’s visit to our islands in his first month on the job is a reaffirmation of the strong commitment that President Trump made to the Virgin Islands during his campaign. This administration is committed to ensuring a better, brighter future for all Virgin Islanders. By contrast, the now-former administration failed to send the Interior secretary to the territory until the final months of its second term.”

Canegata along with GOP National Committeewoman Lilliana Belardo de O’Neal and National Committeeman Jevon Williams attended Zinke’s confirmation hearing in the U.S. Senate.

As secretary of Interior, Zinke oversees the U.S. territories.

GOP statement on Transfer Day

Territorial Republican Party Chairman John Canegata issued the following statement ahead of the Transfer Day centennial:

“Virgin Islanders have in the 100 years since Transfer Day steadfastly stood with fellow Americans from the states and territories in every war and conflict. Our formal history as Americans may be relatively short, but our islands have greatly contributed to the fabric of the United States since the days of Alexander Hamilton and, more recently, with Roy Innis.”

GOP statement on Gorsuch confirmation hearing

The Republican Party of the United States Virgin released the following statement from territorial GOP Chairman John Canegata on Judge Neil Gorsuch’s confirmation hearing before the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee:

“In today’s hearing Judge Gorsuch proved why he is the perfect choice to serve on the high court. Time after time the Democrats tried — and failed — to land a single punch, which shows that their continued opposition is nothing more than petty political gamesmanship.”

GOP supports Obamacare repeal and replace

Republican Party of the United States Virgin Islands Chairman John Canegata issued the following statement supporting congressional Republicans as they repeal and replace Obamacare:

“Obamacare is a complete failure, not least because it didn’t cover all Americans, including those in the Virgin Islands and the other four U.S. territories. The repeal and replace legislation put forth by the congressional majority is a result of an exhaustive and inclusive process. It lowers insurance premiums by 10 percent, reduces the federal deficit by hundreds of billions of dollars, and provides flexibility and real choice.”

Canegata was at the White House and U.S. Senate on Monday discussing Obamacare repeal and replace, as well as other issues impacting the Virgin Islands.

GOP’s Canegata goes to Washington

Territorial Republican Party Chairman John Canegata was in the nation’s capital Monday for the second time since the inauguration of President Donald Trump.

Canegata had meetings in the White House and U.S. Senate for continued discussions on several issues, including the repeal and replacement of Obamacare, the territorial government’s finances, the centennial of Transfer Day, the necessity for an increased U.S. Coast Guard station on St. Thomas and the oil refinery on St. Croix among other issues.

“President Trump and the Republican majority in Congress were elected on a platform that included a strong commitment to the territories,” said Canegata. “I am committed to working with Washington to bring more jobs and better pay checks to our island communities.”

The Virgin Islands GOP continues to advise on the filling of presidential appointments, including for U.S. attorney, U.S. marshal and judge of the federal District Court.