News Releases

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.

Mar 19, 2017

Trump budget: the good, the bad

The good news in the FY18 budget released by President Trump is an increase in Title I education grants. I was successful at getting a larger share of this money for the Marianas in the Every Student Succeeds Act in 2015...

Mar 19, 2017

Lejeune vets get toxin presumption

The rule, presuming that anyone who served in the military at Camp Lejeune between 1953 and 1987 was exposed to toxic drinking water, went into effect on March 14.

Mar 19, 2017

USCIS updates camera code

The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services announced that visitors to USCIS facilities, including the Application Support Center in Saipan, may now use cell phones, laptops, and tablets in the offices with certain restrictions.

Mar 13, 2017

Sablan: Include insular areas in infrastructure plan

Insular areas must be included in the $1 trillion infrastructure plan that President Donald Trump has promised, said Delegate Gregorio Kilili C. Sablan (Ind-MP).

Mar 13, 2017

THIS WEEK IN CONGRESS - March 10, 2017

Remembering Eni Faleomavaega • TriWest services needed • Meeting with AMVETS • Include us in health care • Supporting Humanities Council • Trump CIP must include islands • Shark fin legislation, again • McPhetres visits • PSS Co-op interns

Mar 12, 2017

VA Committee reviews Choice

Veterans Affairs Secretary Dr. David Shulkin and Senator John McCain (R-Arizona) testified at my first hearing as a member of the House Committee on Veterans Affairs.

Mar 12, 2017

New health bill ignores insular areas

When President Trump promised “insurance for everyone,” I had hopes the resulting legislation, replacing Obamacare, would include Americans living in the insular areas. It does not. I spoke out against this failure...

Mar 12, 2017

Shark fin legislation introduced

The Northern Marianas, which enacted legislation in 2011, is a leader in the effort to prevent shark finning; and I continue that work at the national level.

Mar 9, 2017

Sablan takes aim at new health bill

Delegate Gregorio Kilili C. Sablan (Ind-MP) has criticized the newly released Republican healthcare reform legislation for failing to include the U.S. insular areas. The congressman made his comments during mark up yesterday of three smaller healthcare bills in the House Education and the Workforce Committee.