News Releases

May 23, 2016

THIS WEEK IN CONGRESS - May 20, 2016

Welcome, Close Up • Improving service for our veterans • Honoring Heroes to Teachers • Defense bill with NMI provisions passes House • School meal cost study aims to boost NMI funding • Making full use of federal grants • $10.2 million to CUC for Soudelor recovery • $979,578 energy grants aim to reduce oil need • USDA Workshop next week in Rota • Covenant protected in new Puerto Rico bill • President names 902 representative • Traditional navigators set sail for Guam • Welcome to Team Kilili, Seth

May 22, 2016

Improving service for our veterans

Language I authored to increase Veterans Benefit Administration outreach to veterans living in the NMI and other underserved areas of our nation remains in the Fiscal Year 2017 Military Construction and VA Appropriations Act.

May 22, 2016

Defense bill with NMI provisions passes House

The House passed H.R. 4909, the Fiscal Year 2017 National Defense Authorization Act (277-147), retaining the Northern Mariana Islands-related provisions approved earlier by the House Armed Services Committee.

May 22, 2016

School meal cost study aims to boost NMI funding

We were able to add a requirement to the Improving Child Nutrition and Education Act that could lead to more federal aid for feeding school children in the Northern Mariana Islands.

May 22, 2016

$10.2 million to CUC for Soudelor recovery

Typhoon Soudelor did millions of dollars in damage to schools, electricity, and other public infrastructure in the Northern Mariana Islands, but federal funds are paying for 90 percent of the cost of recovery.

May 22, 2016

$979,578 energy grants aim to reduce oil need

The Commonwealth Utility Corporation ($649,450) and the CNMI Division of Agriculture ($330,128) now have additional federal funds to help reduce the need to import costly oil to generate electricity in the Northern Marianas.

May 22, 2016

Covenant protected in new Puerto Rico bill

Specific language I insisted on, protecting the Marianas Covenant with the United States, was added to the Puerto Rico debt crisis bill, H.R. 4900, introduced by the House majority last month.

May 22, 2016

President names 902 representative

President Obama has named the Assistant Secretary of the Interior for Insular Areas, Esther P. Kia’aina, as his Special Representative for purposes of the consultations required by Section 902 of the Covenant.

May 16, 2016

THIS WEEK IN CONGRESS - May 13, 2016

Working together for better mail service • Listening session with NMI legislators • 2016 CW permits already exceed 2015 • $2.9 million in grants and loan from Agriculture • USDA workshop on Rota - public is invited • Updates from CNMI Commerce Secretary • National Geographic Bee Pacific regional champion

May 16, 2016

‘Permanent CW program in Congress difficult’

U.S. Delegate Gregorio Kilili C. Sablan (Ind-MP) said Friday it is important to come to an agreement “at home” on what the CNMI’s contract worker needs are as stakeholders differ on whether to pursue a permanent or an extended contract worker program.

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