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Sun Mar 14, 2021, 12:09 AM

Rep. Stacey Plaskett Speaks on Representing a Territory

Stacey Plaskett is the representative of the U.S. Virgin Islands in the U.S. Congress. Just like Rep. Jenniffer Gonzalez-Colon, Resident Commissioner of Puerto Rico, Plaskett is able to introduce legislation but has limited voting rights.

Plaskett just became a member of the powerful House Ways & Means Committee, which makes federal laws covering tax, trade and health care. Plaskett is the first member of this committee representing a U.S. territory.

In an interview on Equal Time with Mary C. Curtis, Plaskett revealed that Congress had in the past discussed and decided on a plan to keep territory representatives from serving on Ways & Means and other “prime” committees.

She said that her new assignment allows her “to support forgotten, disenfranchised communities.”

Read more: https://www.puertoricoreport.com/rep-stacey-plaskett-speaks-on-representing-a-territory/

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