This Thanksgiving as I reflect on my role as Congresswoman of the Virgin Islands, I have seen first-hand how the trial of the pandemic has forced us in Congress and also here in our local community to truly come together as one, working for the good of all. This Thanksgiving, I’m grateful for the awesome work I and my team have been able to do for you, the people of the Virgin Islands.
We’ve worked on community projects in the town of Frederiksted, worked with my Republican colleague from Puerto Rico on our post offices, and supported our students and elders.
A week ago, President Biden signed into law an infrastructure bill that will bring millions to our roads, ports and airports by working across the aisle. Late last week, the House passed President Biden’s Build Back Better Plan. We secured a number of initiatives that are in the legislation that will be game changers for our territory — including permanent Medicaid funding at state-like levels, Supplemental Security Income Program (SSI) for the Virgin Islands, increased Territorial Highway Funding, expansion of assistance from the Department of Interior, and something I promised when I first ran the College Access Program for U.S. Territories.
This program will allow students to attend state colleges and universities and pay in-state tuition. I’ve been working hard and been praying that the bill passes in the Senate and is signed into law.
2021 has been a very difficult year ,and I am grateful for the struggles that have made us stronger, closer and more committed as we ‘Build Back Better.’
God Bless You All,