THIS WEEK IN CONGRESS - August 2, 2019

Aug 4, 2019


for Veterans funds available

The Marianas is not taking advantage of the Jobs for Veterans State Grants (JVSG), so I have written Acting Governor Arnold Palacios this week urging the Commonwealth apply for FY19 funds, which I have confirmed are still available. The money would pay for staff to give Marianas veterans one-on-one support in their job searches. Veterans would get connected with training, if needed, and those with a disability or other disadvantages, such as previous incarceration, would get help overcoming these barriers. The Marianas is one of only two U.S. areas not participating in Jobs for Vets. I think our veterans earned this individualized job placement and career service, just like their stateside and Guam counterparts get. Especially now, as our islands recover from the impact of Super Typhoon Yutu and Typhoon Mangkhut, I will keep working to ensure the full range of federal programs are available for veterans and everyone in the Marianas.

GI bill Senate companion intro’d

Allowing veterans and their families to use the GI bill to pay for preparatory courses for professional license and certification exams is gaining support. U.S. Senators Mazie Hirono (D-Hawaii) and Mike Rounds (R-South Dakota) introduced Thursday a Senate companion to my legislation expanding GI bill benefits in that way. The GI Bill Access to Career Credentials Act, H.R. 2934 in the House and now S. 2345 in the Senate, helps veterans and eligible family members get into nursing, teaching and other careers requiring government-recognized licenses and certifications by making it easier for them to pass the necessary tests. I piggybacked H.R. 2934 on a larger bill, H.R. 3504, and it passed the House in July unanimously. Senators Hirono and Rounds’ support is especially important because both serve on the Senate Veterans’ Affairs Committee to which H.R. 3504 is referred. Thank you, Senators Hirono and Rounds.

$3.5m for Tinian airport fencing

The Commonwealth Ports Authority is receiving $3,480,151, the Federal Aviation Authority announced on Monday. The grant funds will be used to install over 3 miles of fencing around Tinian International Airport to keep out unauthorized persons and vehicles. Grant funds will be awarded over two fiscal years. Congratulations to CPA.


Public Comment:



The House is in recess for the District Work Period.


The House is in recess for the District Work Period.