News Releases

Feb 22, 2021

Rescue Plan: $515m for NMI government

The CNMI gov't should get $483m to replace operational funds lost because of the pandemic and address other negative economic impacts. And the Rota, Tinian, Saipan, and Northern Islands municipalities will share $32m for a total of $515m.

Feb 22, 2021

Renewing old friendships

Alejandro Mayorkas was sworn in as Secretary of Homeland Security and he reached out to renew the relationship he and I built when he led the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services during the Obama administration.

Feb 22, 2021

Marianas in U.S. Citizenship Act

The U.S. Citizenship Act was intro'd this week which includes special provisions for the Marianas I helped draft with the Biden transition team last year.

Feb 22, 2021

CNMI permanent resident update

USCIS says, it's facing numerous challenges due to COVID-19, including the closure of the Saipan Application Service Center and a high rate of Requests for Evidence to demonstrate eligibility for the new permanent resident status.

Feb 22, 2021

VA extends debt collection pause

The Department of Veterans Affairs announced the continuing suspension of collection on all vet benefit overpayments & medical co-payment debts incurred after 04/01/20 as part of its effort to provide vets relief during the pandemic.

Feb 22, 2021

Returning as Vice Chair

I was chosen once again to serve as Vice Chair for Insular Affairs when Democratic Members of the Natural Resources Committee held a virtual organizing meeting.

Feb 22, 2021

Congressional Award Info Sessions

An upcoming info session for young people between the ages of 13 ½ and 24 to take part in the Congressional Award program.

Feb 15, 2021

THIS WEEK IN CONGRESS - February 12, 2021

Federal funds to save furloughed workers • PUA extended, more taxpayer relief • More money to pay teachers • NAP gets a shot in the arm • Re-elected to Education Chair • $13.2m Yutu recovery grant for NMC • Kilili Time Capsule • Opportunities • Legislative highlights

Feb 15, 2021

Federal funds to save furloughed workers

Furloughed Commonwealth employees could get their jobs back, if the Democratic proposal to provide the Marianas $515,000,000 to make up for lost government revenue gets to the President for signature.

Feb 15, 2021

PUA extended, more taxpayer relief

Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (with a $345 weekly maximum) and Federal Pandemic Unemployment Compensation (raised to $400 weekly) are extended through August 29 in the section of the American Rescue Plan approved by the House Ways and Means Committee

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