Congressional Black Caucus Pleads for More Help for Virgin Islands

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WASHINGTON — When Stacey Plaskett joined Vice President Mike Pence recently in touring the U.S. Virgin Islands to assess the damage caused by hurricanes Irma and Maria, among the many changes she noticed was the “brown” and barren landscape — shocking in a tourism destination renowned for its lush foliage, palm trees and crystal-clear waters.

Rep. Cedric Richmond, D-La., chairman of the Congressional Black Caucus, speaks at a news conference on injustice and inequality in Washington on Sept. 27. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik, File)

Yet there’s a bit of green returning to St. Croix, St. Thomas and St. John, Plaskett, the Virgin Islands’ non-voting delegate in Congress, said Thursday — a hopeful sign, perhaps, from Mother Nature.

Plaskett joined Rep. Cedric Richmond, D-La., chairman of the Congressional Black Caucus, and caucus members Val Demings, D-Fla., Barbara Lee, D-Calif., Sheila Jackson Lee, D-Texas, Gregory Meeks, D-N.Y., Karen Bass, D-Calif., and Yvette Clarke, D-N.Y., at a news conference to stress that it’s time to give the roughly 100,000 residents of the U.S. territory renewed hope, too, following back-to-back Category 5 hurricanes that hit a month ago.  More….