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.

Schanfarber launches campaign

Robert Max Schanfarber has launched his campaign for senator from St. Thomas—St. John in the April 8 special election.
Schanfarber, the Republican nominee, has a campaign website up and running at

The local entrepreneur will introduce legislation repealing the so-called Sin Tax on day one. He also pledged to never support a tax increase as a member of the Legislature.

“I stand with working families and main street businesses, who are taxed enough,” Schanfarber said. “I also pledge to honor the promises made to government workers and retirees.”

Schanfarber also pledged to work with the Republican president and Republican congressional majority to establish a U.S. Coast Guard station on St. Thomas to protect against terrorism and combat human trafficking, illegal firearms and narcotics.

As a member of the Virgin Islands delegation to last year’s Republican National Convention Schanfarber gained national attention for his service on the Rules Committee after he successfully fought to ensure the voice of the five U.S. territories remained equal with the voice of the 50 states and District of Columbia in the selection of the GOP presidential and vice presidential nominees.

Statement on Secretary Carson’s confirmation

The territorial Republican Party issued the following statement from GOP National Committeeman Jevon Williams in response to the U.S. Senate confirming Dr. Ben Carson as secretary of Housing and Urban Development:

“As someone who has had the pleasure of knowing and working with Dr. Carson, I can say that President Trump could not have found a more qualified secretary of Housing and Urban Development. Not only is Dr. Carson a brilliant man of unwavering faith, but his story of rising from the streets of Detroit to becoming one of the country’s foremost neurosurgeons is an inspiration for all Americans and proof of just what’s possible when the federal government is focused on creating opportunities — not guaranteeing outcomes.”

Williams, of St. Croix, worked for Carson when he was seeking the Republican nomination during the presidential primaries and caucuses.

Statement on new Interior secretary

Republican Party of the United States Virgin Islands Chairman John Canegata issued the following statement in response to the U.S. Senate confirmation of Congressman Ryan Zinke as secretary of the Department of Interior:

“For too long Democrats in the U.S. Senate played partisan politics and stalled the confirmation of Congressman and now Secretary Zinke, who will be responsible for the millions of Americans living in the territories. Secretary Zinke can finally get to work on addressing the important issues facing our island communities as well as those of the other territories.”

Zinke, of Montana, was last in the Virgin Islands in November 2016, when he attended a summit sponsored by the territorial GOP.

Canegata, Virgin Islands Republican National Committeewoman Lilliana Belardo de O’Neal and Republican National Committeeman Jevon Williams attended Zinke’s confirmation hearing in January.