House passes U.S. Workforce Act

Jun 11, 2018
Chairman Rob Bishop and I continue to work together to make sure our bill is acted on promptly by our counterparts in the Senate. I have also briefed our White House liaison in anticipation of the bill reaching the President for signature.
House passes U.S. Workforce Act

The U.S. House passed the Northern Mariana Islands U.S. Workforce Act by voice vote. Natural Resources Committee Chairman Rob Bishop of Utah and I managed the bill, H.R. 5956, which we introduced just 12 days earlier. (See the floor video here.) The Chairman laid out the economic rationale for the Workforce Act. I emphasized the new protections making sure that no U.S. worker is passed over for a job because of cheap, foreign labor and that the Commonwealth government makes good use of the training fees that employers pay.

I also used my time to thank Bishop and the rest of the bipartisan, bicameral working group that helped put together the policy that will guide the Marianas for the next 10 years. And I acknowledged the help we had from constituents, who shared their experiences and ideas in the many listening sessions I held, as the bill was in development. The broad support from Marianas elected officials, business, and the public at large demonstrates that everyone’s interests are well represented in the U.S. Workforce Act. The bill is now with the Senate, which already passed virtually identical legislation in April.