News Releases

Apr 4, 2021

FEMA will cover funeral costs

Help with funeral expenses due to COVID-19 deaths will become available April 12, 2021, the Federal Emergency Management Agency announced.

Apr 4, 2021

$406k more for Marianas fishers

The Northern Marianas will receive $406,481 in additional fisheries assistance funding, NOAA Fisheries announced.

Apr 4, 2021

Add insular Medicaid to FY22 budget

Continuing the push to bring the Marianas into Medicaid and avoid the funding “cliff” this October, I led a request from all the insular area representatives, asking President Biden to include funding for this purpose in his FY22 budget proposal, expected in May.

Mar 29, 2021

THIS WEEK IN CONGRESS - March 26, 2021

Marianas leads in vaccination rate • More vaccine on the way • Veterans' vaccine? • Vets Committee hosts new Secretary • Remembering Vietnam Vets • VA: Act quickly on Agent Orange • $880k for Kagman Community Health Center • Thanks for EITC, monthly CTC, TANF • Biden waives unemployment local match • Addressing pandemic learning loss • More payout from $56m waste fund • $9m for Marianas CIP • Build back insular infrastructure • Discussing utility priorities • Future of America’s public lands • Commonwealth is REAL ID compliant • New I-129CW & 129CWR forms • More time for certain responses • FEMA updates • VAWA reauthorization • Calling young artists • Kilili Time Capsule • Opportunities • Legislative highlights

Mar 28, 2021

More vaccine on the way

At the present rate, 31,155 people in the Marianas could be fully vaccinated by the end of April.

Mar 28, 2021

Vets Committee hosts new Secretary

VA Secretary Denis McDonough made his first appearance before the House Veterans Affairs Committee.

Mar 28, 2021

VA: Act quickly on Agent Orange

I joined Rep. Lois Frankel, and 38 of my colleagues in urging VA Secretary Denis McDonough to expedite the process for adding Parkinsonism, Bladder Cancer, and Hypothyroidism to the presumptive list for Agent Orange exposure as required under Section 9109 of the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2021.

Mar 28, 2021

$880k for Kagman Community Health Center

Kagman Community Health Center will receive $879,125 from the American Rescue Plan Act, it was announced.

Mar 28, 2021

Thanks for EITC, monthly CTC, TANF

The House Ways and Means Committee Member’s Day on Tuesday was an opportunity to thank my colleagues for including federal payment of the Earned Income Tax Credit for the Marianas in Section 9625 of the American Rescue Plan—and make it permanent.

Mar 28, 2021

Biden waives unemployment local match

President Biden has approved the Commonwealth’s request for a waiver of the local share of the Lost Wages Assistance program for the unemployed in the Marianas.