News Releases

May 30, 2017

THIS WEEK IN CONGRESS - May 26, 2017

VA Secretary versed on NMI vets • FY18 CW applications closed • Raise the wage! • Labor Secretary looks at NMI issues • Fighting human trafficking • Trump budget hurts the Marianas • CNMI Grants Management team visits

May 30, 2017

FY18 CW applications closed

The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services informed me today that it has received enough CW-1 petitions to reach the cap on the CNMI-Only Transitional Worker visas for fiscal year 2018, which begins on October 1.

May 29, 2017

Raise the wage!

Along with over 150 of my House colleagues, I cosponsored the Raise the Wage Act that will increase the federal minimum wage in steps to $15/hour by 2024.

May 29, 2017

Fighting human trafficking

Rep. Tim Walberg (R-MI) and I introduced the Enhancing Detection of Human Trafficking Act, H.R. 2664. Our goal, as Chairman and Ranking Member, respectively, of the Subcommittee on Health, Employment, Labor and Pensions, is to ensure that...

May 29, 2017

Trump budget hurts the Marianas

President Donald Trump submitted a Fiscal Year 2018 Budget to Congress on Tuesday cutting $54 billion from programs that help American working families, hospitals, law enforcement, schools, and infrastructure.

May 21, 2017

THIS WEEK IN CONGRESS - May 19, 2017

Close Up students visit • Asian Pacific Americans Month • Wounded Warrior Fellowship open • Food aid plan okayed • GAO: Foreign workers still needed • Strengthen OSHA, protect workers • VA benefit counselor here May 24 • Honoring the American Legion • $370k for historic preservation • Camacho at retirement savings hearing • Geography Bee visitor • Welcome: White family • Visitors: Zedde, Hasselback • Marianas in the spotlight

May 21, 2017

Wounded Warrior Fellowship open

Wounded warriors or medically retired veterans now have the opportunity to work for the U.S. Congress on a two-year fellowship. The Marianas congressional office was selected this week to host a Wounded Warrior Fellow.

May 21, 2017

Food aid plan okayed

The Commonwealth begins spending a new $30.5 million for food aid on June 1. I included the money in the Agricultural Act of 2014, and last week the U.S. Department of Agriculture approved the Commonwealth’s four-year plan to spend it. More families will be eligible for aid and benefits go up.

May 21, 2017

GAO: Foreign workers still needed

Without foreign workers the Commonwealth’s economy will shrink. That is the conclusion of a Government Accountability Office report issued on Thursday.

May 21, 2017

Strengthen OSHA, protect workers

With a spate of serious workplace injuries in the Marianas and resistance to workplace safety inspections by certain employers, now is not the time to be making it easier to hide information about who is getting hurt and how.

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