VIGOP goes to Capitol Hill

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

Virgin Islands Republican 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,” said Canegata. “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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