Congressman Gregorio Kilili Camacho Sablan received an award for educational leadership today at the U.S. Capitol. Sablan was recognized during the 2015 STEM and Innovation Congressional Welcoming Reception.
The vice ranking member position is a promotion for Sablan, who last session served as ranking member on the now-disbanded Fisheries, Wildlife, Oceans and Insular Affairs Subcommittee.
Federal funding for the NAP has been on the rise since 2009. Delegate Gregorio Kilili C. Sablan (Ind-MP) set the goal of “equal treatment” for needy families in the CNMI when he was first elected to the U.S. House of Representatives. In April that year, he was able to convince Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack to increase the food assistance grant to the Commonwealth by 13 percent, and later boosted the annual grant to the current $12.148 million.
The Democratic Caucus of the House Natural Resources Committee organized its membership today for the 114th U.S. Congress and agreed to move Congressman Gregorio Kilili Camacho Sablan up to the position of Vice-Ranking Member for the entire Committee. Congressman Sablan will retain the same authority over insular affairs he has exercised during the past four years as the lead Democrat on the Subcommittee on Fisheries, Wildlife, Oceans, and Insular Affairs