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ENG: Gregorio Kilili Camacho Sablan (born January 19, 1955) is a Northern Mariana politician and former election commission director. Sablan was elected in 2008 as the first nonvoting delegate to the United States House of Representatives from the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands. The CNMI is the last insular area of the United States of America to receive a nonvoting delegate to Congress, and is the last jurisdiction of the United States to receive representation in Congress. Sablan, who was elected as an independent, caucused with the Democrats in the House of Representatives. In February 2009, Sablan became a Democrat. He became the only Chamorro member of Congress when he assumed office in January 2009. He easily won reelection on November 2, 2010. Early life and ...
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Sablan wants prompt renewal of Palau Compact


Congressman Gregorio Kilili Camacho Sablan quizzed administration witnessestoday on a proposed 15-year renewal of the Palau Compact of Free Association with the United States. He called for a greater sense of urgency on approval of the overdue agreement and a sense of perspective with respect to the cost of the renewal.“”We are nickel and dimeing Palau,” Sablan said of the reluctance to find acceptable funding to continue the Compact with Palau for another 15 years. The proposed agreement cuts funding from the first 15-year total by 62 percent.Sablan compared the situation to ...


Semipostal Stamp for the National Wildlife Refuge System


Congressman Gregorio Sablan of the Northern Mariana Islands reported on his website that the House Subcommittee on Fisheries, Wildlife, Oceans, and Insular Affairs held a hearing recently on the Wildlife Refuge System Conservation Semipostal Stamp Act of 2011. The bill, H.R. 2236, received the support of the Obama Administration and from committee members on both sides of the aisle. Congressman Gregorio Kilili Camacho Sablan introduced the measure in June and has gathered 48 co-sponsors… Sablan in his own introductory remarks as Ranking Member of the Subcommittee explained how his ...


CNMI resident alien bill advances in U.S. House


Delegate Gregorio Kilili Sablan's bill seeking a grant of the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands (CNMI)-only resident status to four groups of aliens is now ready for action by the full U.S. House of Representatives after a second panel approved it on Thursday, even as the Fitial administration said yesterday its "tentative action" may be to file a motion for preliminary injunction against U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services' decision to grant parole for most of those covered by Sablan's H.R. 1466. USCIS' grant of this parole is on a case-by-case basis. While there is no ...


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A new Congress
The 115th U.S. Congress convened on Tuesday, January 3, 2017. I know we can work successfully in a Republican-led Congress, because we have for the last two years. Though the prospect of a new President on January 20 creates some uncertainty, I have no doubt about what the priorities will continue to be for the people I represent in the Northern Mariana Islands: Addressing the need of our growing economy for workers remains a central concern. That means making sure that U.S. immigration works to help, not hurt us and making sure that our own people get the education they need to lead productive lives. We also have to make sure that immigration policy remains friendly to tourists from Russia and China. I look forward to President-elect Trump’s promise to rebuild infrastructure. The Marianas already lags behind the rest of America when it comes to the cost of electricity, 24-hour water, and adequate waste disposal systems. If we want to continue our economic growth, we have to have th
THIS WEEK IN CONGRESS - January 6, 2017
In this issue:    115th Congress sworn in  A new Congress CW increase bill reintroduced Congressional Hispanic Caucus grows Apply now for CHCI Congressional Internship APAICS summer internships available Welcoming DC office visitors Opportunities - Federal grants, jobs for/in the Marianas  Highlights in the legislative program  _________________________________________________________________ A new Congress.  The 115th U.S. Congress convened on Tuesday. I know we can work successfully in a Republican-led Congress, because we have for the last two years. Though the prospect of a new President on January 20 creates some uncertainty, I have no doubt about what the priorities will continue to be for the people I represent in the Northern Mariana Islands: Addressing the need of our growing economy for workers remains a central concern. That means making sure that U.S. immigration works to help, not hurt us and making sure that our own people get the education they nee
CW increase bill reintroduced
I reintroduced in the new Congress my legislation increasing CW nonimmigrant worker permits in the Northern Marianas. H.R. 339 is the same bill as H.R. 6401, which the House passed but the Senate did not act on in the last Congress. The bill provides an extra 2,002 workers - returning us to the 2013 level of 15,000 - but only for 2017. According to Commonwealth government data, even with 15,000 foreign workers, the majority of jobs in the Marianas economy will still be held by U.S. workers. H.R. 339 also raises to $200 the fee employers pay for each CW permit. The money goes to train locals to replace foreign workers. The legislation has broad support in the Marianas, including from Governor Torres, Senate President Borja, the Governor’s Strategic Economic Development Council, the Hotel Association of the Northern Marianas, the Saipan Chamber of Commerce, and the Commonwealth Healthcare Corporation.
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