News Releases

Jun 11, 2017

Marianas banking bill passes House

Legislation that would eliminate long waits for checks to clear in the Northern Marianas has passed the House.

Jun 11, 2017

Feds should keep Monument promise

Promises made to the people of the Northern Mariana Islands about the Marianas Trench Marine National Monument have not been kept. That is what I told Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke in a letter

Jun 11, 2017

Power conference funds available

The Department of the Interior, Office of Insular Affairs announced $36,447 in federal matching funds for 10 technical engineers from power utilities in the Pacific U.S. insular areas, including one from Saipan...

Jun 9, 2017

Torres supports Kilili proposal to block non-compliant companies from CW program

GOVERNOR Ralph D.L.G. Torres is supporting U.S. Congressman Gregorio Kilili Camacho Sablan’s proposal to block non-compliant companies from participating in the federal CW program.

Jun 8, 2017

Kilili: block “bad actors” from CW program

Congressman Gregorio Kilili Camacho Sablan wants the Department of Homeland Security to make companies that violate employment laws ineligible to participate in the CW, foreign worker, program.

Jun 4, 2017

More food aid for the Marianas

Governor Ralph Torres and I held a joint press conference to mark the rollout of the Enhanced Nutrition Assistance Program (E-NAP) for the Northern Mariana Islands.

Jun 4, 2017


More food aid for the Marianas • Casino contractors face OSHA fines • Fallen heroes remembered • Honoring WWII casualties • Welcome, Mr. Shinoda

Jun 4, 2017

Casino contractors face OSHA penalties

The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) announced proposed penalties totaling $193,750 against three Saipan casino construction companies for numerous workplace hazards.

May 30, 2017


VA Secretary versed on NMI vets • FY18 CW applications closed • Raise the wage! • Labor Secretary looks at NMI issues • Fighting human trafficking • Trump budget hurts the Marianas • CNMI Grants Management team visits

May 30, 2017

FY18 CW applications closed

The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services informed me today that it has received enough CW-1 petitions to reach the cap on the CNMI-Only Transitional Worker visas for fiscal year 2018, which begins on October 1.