News Releases

Jul 1, 2019

USCIS extends parole

The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Service announced late Friday afternoon that humanitarian parole would be extended for all persons in the Marianas for whom parole was ended on December 27, 2018.

Jul 1, 2019

Signed and delivered

Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi signed the Northern Mariana Islands Long-Term Legal Residents Relief Act on Tuesday and the President swiftly followed suit.

Jul 1, 2019

Up to 1,039 saved from deportation

President Donald Trump has signed my bill giving Marianas-only permanent resident status to as many as 1,039 people now living in the islands.

Jul 1, 2019

Marianas art at the Capitol

Marianas Congressional Art Competition winner Julia Malate’s piece “Marianas Strong” was officially hung here at the Capitol this week alongside winners from the 440 other congressional districts.

Jul 1, 2019

More appropriations pass

I presided over the Committee of the Whole House for a part of lengthy amendment process this week as the second “mini-bus” on Monday.

Jul 1, 2019

Marianas’ funding in minibus #2

On Tuesday, the House passed H.R. 3055 with increases for programs that benefit the Marianas.

Jul 1, 2019

Federal funding keeps rising

Federal funding provided by Congress for the Marianas has risen from $62.4 million in 2009 to $178.1 million in 2018 (2019 grants will be calculated at the end of the year.)

Jul 1, 2019

$2.6m for Rota airport fencing

The Commonwealth Ports Authority is receiving $2,606,400, the Federal Aviation Authority announced on Monday.

Jul 1, 2019

Tracking disaster funding

Some of the $36 million in Medicaid funding I included for the Marianas in the Additional Supplemental Appropriations for Disaster Relief Act, Public Law 116-20, is already making its way to healthcare providers.

Jul 1, 2019

More assistance for schools needed

I joined my colleagues in a letter to the House Ways and Means Committee to request the inclusion in its disaster tax package of Zero-Interest Tax Credit Bonds that allow for 40-year financing for recovery rather than 20 years.

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