News Releases

Jun 24, 2019

Parolees bill passes Senate

The Senate passed my bill, providing permanent status for up to 1,039 individuals living in the Marianas under humanitarian parole, on Thursday afternoon. H.R. 559 now goes to the President.

Jun 24, 2019

Second hearing on Medicaid “cliff”

The end of Obamacare funding and resulting Medicaid “cliff” that insular areas face got another congressional hearing on Thursday.

Jun 24, 2019

Follow up on disaster funding

There is over $129 million in Marianas-specific set-asides in the disaster aid bill, Public Law 116-20, and eligibility for tens of millions more; so, the congressional office will be closely tracking the distribution of funds.

Jun 24, 2019

House concurs on food stamp funds

The House adopted my amendment to the Agriculture appropriation bill on Thursday to ensure that the Northern Mariana Islands Nutritional Assistance Program has enough funding in FY20.

Jun 24, 2019

$1.16m FEMA grant for Tinian

The Federal Emergency Management Agency announced a $1,158,863.99 grant award to the Tinian Municipality for permanent building repairs to damage sustained from Super Typhoon Yutu.

Jun 24, 2019

Earned Income Tax Credit bill moves

I cosponsored this week H.R. 3307 by New Jersey Rep. Bill Pascrell, that would reimburse mirror tax jurisdictions, such as the Marianas, 75 percent of the EITC cost.

Jun 24, 2019

Health Subcommittee-approved

On Thursday, the House Veterans Affairs Committee unanimously approved my seat on the Health Subcommittee.

Jun 24, 2019

Chained CPI threatens safety net

I joined other Members opposing the Trump Administration’s proposal to use of the so-called chained Consumer Price Index (CPI) or “chained CPI” to compute annual adjustments to the Federal Poverty level.

Jun 24, 2019

Conservation funding approved

The House Natural Resources Committee approved a bill that provides $900M annually to the Land and Water Conservation Fund.

Jun 24, 2019

Cannabis laws safe from Feds

I supported Oregon Rep Blumenauer’s amendment to the DoJ spending bill that prevents federal law enforcers from interfering with state or territorial laws authorizing the use, distribution, possession or cultivation of cannabis.

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