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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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Answers sought to cut wait-times
Saipan Tribune — Responding to Marianas Visitors Authority concerns about long immigration wait-times at the Francisco C. Ada Saipan International Airport, the Office of Delegate Gregorio Kilili C. Sablan (Ind-MP) assured the agency that several measures are being looked at to expedite the process. In an earlier interview, MVA had expressed belief that the long wait-time could possibly be due to the shortage of manpower at the Customs and Border Protection unit. According to MVA, CBP officials informed them that a manpower cap was imposed on CBP by Congress, limiting the number of CBP employees for the CNMI to 20. Sablan’s letter denied that claim. According to the letter, dated Feb. 3, 2017, and addressed to MVA chair Marian Aldan-Pierce, Sablan said he himself has met with CBP officials in Washington, D.C. and discussed CBP resources with the Congressional Research Service. “Both CBP and CRS report to me that the statement [MVA] asked about is not true. There is no cap set
THIS WEEK IN CONGRESS - February 3, 2017
In this issue:  Insular reps: Include us in health reform  CW bill again passes House  GAO wage and labor report update  Education and Workforce Dems organize  Airport wait-times now online  Ban on U.S. entry for certain foreign citizens  Veterans Resource Fair  FEMA sends CUC $6.5M for Soudelor  Maintaining connections with Pacific neighbors  Opportunities - Federal grants, jobs for/in the Marianas  Highlights in the Legislative program  __________________________________________________________ Insular reps: Include us in health reform.  This week I led a letter from all five insular representatives in Congress – Republican and Democrat – to House leadership on inclusion of our areas in health care reform. We were largely left out of Obamacare, so now, with “repeal and replace” on the table, we want any replacement to meet President Trump’s standard of “insurance for everybody.” I am grateful to my counterparts – Resident Commissioner J
Kilili appointed to Veterans’ Affairs Committee
Washington, D.C. – Congressman Gregorio Kilili Camacho Sablan has been appointed to serve on the House Veterans’ Affairs Committee, it was announced this week. Veterans’ Affairs will be the Congressman’s third committee, which required a special waiver from the usual two-committee limit for members of the Democratic Caucus. “Veterans in the Marianas need more attention,” Sablan said. “Too often, veterans and their families in the islands—and around the nation—are forgotten, after giving so much. “So, I went to Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi and asked for a waiver of the Caucus rule that would allow me to serve on Veterans’ Affairs without giving up my other equally important committee assignments. “After listening to my explanation of the situation for our Marianas veterans, Leader Pelosi submitted my request to the Democratic Steering and Policy Committee with her recommendation for its approval. And the Committee voted this week approving my request. “I a
Kilili to host free Veterans Resource Fair in Feb.
Saipan Tribune — Delegate Gregorio Kilili C. Sablan (Ind-MP) is hosting the first Northern Marianas Veterans Resource Fair this month, to provide veterans, military service members, and their families with information about federal and local programs that are available to assist and support them. The event is free and open to the public. “The goal of this Veterans Resource Fair is to help connect those who have served in our nation’s military, and our military families, with the resources that can benefit them right here in the Marianas,” Sablan said. “I encourage our veterans, service members, and their families on Saipan, Tinian, and Rota to come to the fair on their respective islands, learn more about the different programs that are available, and meet with the agencies and service providers who are here to help them.” The dates, times, and venues for the Veterans Resource Fair are as follows: -SAIPAN – Feb. 22, Pedro P. Tenorio Multi-Ppurpose Center, 1pm – 7pm

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