News Releases

Apr 2, 2017

USCIS advises on CW applications

Constituents have asked about submitting CW petitions in person at the California Service Center in Laguna Niguel. In response, the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services has advised that petitions should be sent only by mail or delivery.

Apr 2, 2017

BECQ gets $1M from EPA

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has awarded $962,275 to the Bureau of Environmental and Coastal Quality. BECQ will use part of the grant money to help hotels in the Northern Marianas to install energy efficient lighting and laundry services.

Apr 2, 2017

Trump budget hits Pell grants

Democrats on the Joint Economic Committee issued an analysis of President Trump’s budget proposal, noting that “the budget blocks $3.9 billion of the program’s $10.6 billion surplus from being rolled over into FY2018 and beyond.

Mar 27, 2017

THIS WEEK IN CONGRESS - March 24, 2017

•Happy Covenant Day•OSHA reports on job injuries•Healthcare bill must add islands•Working for students with PSS board•SCOTUS supports special needs kids•Army Corps reports progress•House, Senate vets committees meet•Looking out for women...

Mar 27, 2017

Workplace injuries spike

Workplace injuries in the Marianas spiked last year, including a broken back and two amputations, and 80 serious injuries reported from construction sites in the Northern Marianas.

Mar 26, 2017

Healthcare bill must add islands

“Repeal and replace” of Obamacare was center stage in the House of Representatives this week; and our bipartisan insular delegation demanded inclusion for our constituents and parity with Americans living in the states.

Mar 26, 2017

SCOTUS supports special needs kids

The Supreme Court has ruled, unanimously, in favor of special needs students, just as the amicus brief brief I filed with 117 other Members and former Members of Congress advised the Court should do.

Mar 20, 2017

Marianas Monument added to NOAA Sanctuary list

Governor Ralph DLG Torres and Congressman Gregorio Kilili Camacho Sablan announced on March 15 significant progress on their joint effort to have the Marianas Trench Marine National Monument declared a National Marine Sanctuary. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration has now placed the Monument on the national inventory for possible sanctuary designation.

Mar 20, 2017

THIS WEEK IN CONGRESS - March 17, 2017

Sanctuary listing announced • Unity leads to Sanctuary listing • Trump budget: the good, the bad • Work talks CJMT, Palau • Lejeune vets get toxin presumption • USCIS updates camera code • Meeting Fiji’s Ambassador

Mar 19, 2017

Unity leads to Sanctuary listing

The National Oceanic Atmospheric Administration listed the Marianas Trench Marine National Monument as a potential National Marine Sanctuary, a significant step toward the goal of sanctuary status that Governor Torres and I requested of then-President Obama.