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The U.S. Representative for Northern Mariana Islands's At large district, serving since 2009.
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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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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. The new E-NAP means that beginning this month, more families will receive increased food assistance made possible by the $30.5 million I secured for the Northern Marianas in the 2014 Farm Bill. Congratulations to Governor Torres, Community and Cultural Affairs Secretary Robert Hunter, and NAP Administrator Walter Macaranas (pictured above, left to right) and the NAP team for their success in developing the new program and expenditure plan for those additional funds, and for obtaining approval from the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food and Nutrition Service in May.
In this issue: More food aid for the Marianas Casino contractors face OSHA fines Fallen heroes remembered Honoring WWII casualties Welcome, Mr. Shinoda OPPORTUNITIES LEGISLATIVE HIGHLIGHTS ____________________________________________________________________________ Casino contractors face OSHA penalties On Thursday, 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. These are some of the largest penalties OSHA has issued this year, underscoring the seriousness of the violations found at the Imperial Pacific Resort construction site. I met with OSHA administrators in Washington earlier this year to urge them to maintain strict oversight of the casino construction site and recently met with newly appointment Labor Secretary Acosta to thank him for the work OSHA is doing in the Marianas. All workers deserve safe places
Kilili: block “bad actors” from CW program
Washington, D.C. – 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. “Companies that do not pay their workers what they are owed, companies that ignore federal safety standards in the workplace, should not have the privilege of using the CW program,” Congressman Sablan said. “We have too many legitimate businesses—and even public institutions like the hospital—that still need foreign workers and find it increasingly difficult to get CW permits. “Legitimate local businesses should not have to compete with the ‘bad actors,’ who break the law.” Sablan has already communicated his position to Homeland Security Secretary John F. Kelley. And this week the Congressman followed up by transmitting the citations and notifications of penalties just issued by the Occupation Safety and Health Administration of the U.S. Department of Labo
Torres supports Kilili proposal to block non-compliant companies from CW program
Marianas Variety — 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. In a statement on Thursday, Torres said his administration has been working with the U.S. Department of Labor to go after employers who have not followed the laws and regulations set in place by the CNMI and federal governments. “ I fully support Congressman Kilili’s position to block companies who violate federal and local employment and immigration laws from utilizing the CW program. Since information about illegal labor and immigration practices by certain companies first came to my attention months ago, my administration has been working with the U.S. Department of Labor to go after these employers who have not followed the laws and regulations,” he said. “We do not tolerate these practices and will continue this dialogue with our federal partners for a more efficient crack

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