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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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H.R. 851 aims to increase federal funding for PSS
This week I introduced legislation that would increase federal education funding for our Public School System by over $7 million each year. I have waited since I got to Congress six years ago for the opportunity to amend the Elementary and Secondary Education Act. It has not been reauthorized since 2001, but this week reauthorization began. My bill, H.R. 851, removes the Commonwealth and other U.S. insular areas from a fixed percentage of education funds that the Secretary of Education now divides between the Bureau of Indian Education and island schools. H.R. 851 does away with that Secretarial discretion and uses the same funding formula for the insular areas that applies to the 50 states, although at a reduced rate in recognition of the relatively smaller populations of the islands. The Congressional Research Service estimates that, if enacted, my bill would increase federal funding for PSS from this year’s $7 million to $14 million.
Kilili announces leave of absence for back surgery
Congressman Gregorio Kilili Camacho Sablan issued the following letter to constituents today, announcing that he will be having back surgery on March 2nd and will be in recovery for about two months afterwards. Greetings Constituents, You know that I work for you. So, as your employee, I am writing to explain that I need to take time off. These last six years in the U.S. Congress have been filled with success, but they have also been hard on my health. Flying back and forth from the Northern Marianas to Washington, month-after-month, has been especially bad for my back. I have tried to ignore the pain and keep up the pace of work, but I can no longer do it. Now, the doctors tell me that my only choice is surgery to fuse some of the vertebrae in my lower back. I am scheduled for that operation on Monday, March 2nd at George Washington Hospital in Washington, DC. For at least two months I will be in recovery with limited mobility. I will not be able to keep a full schedule at the House o
Homeland security faces shutdown
Along with all 192 members of the Democratic Caucus, I am cosponsoring legislation, H.R. 861, that would continue funding for the U.S. Department of Homeland Security for the rest of fiscal year 2015. Unless a funding bill passes Congress and is signed by the President by February 27 the Department faces a shutdown. Homeland Security agencies such as USCIS, CBP, TSA, ICE and the Coast Guard keep us safe and play a critical role in the Northern Mariana Islands economy. And all of those agencies employ people who live in our community and deserve to be paid for their hard work. H.R. 861 does not contain any of the policy riders that have caused a legislative stalemate between the House and the Senate threatening to shut down the Department. The way to solve these policy disagreements is for Congress to pass comprehensive immigration legislation, not by refusing to fund the agency that is supposed to keep us all safe. In addition to assuring that Homeland Security and its employees can co
Kilili: We need to avoid a DHS shutdown
Along with all 192 members of the Democratic Caucus, Congressman Gregorio Kilili Camacho Sablan is sponsoring legislation that would continue funding for the Department of Homeland Security for the rest of fiscal year 2015. Unless a funding bill passes Congress and is signed by the President by February 27 the Department faces a shutdown.  “Homeland Security agencies play a critical role in the Northern Mariana Islands economy,” Congressman Sablan explained. “USCIS is responsible for allowing tourists to enter from China. CBP mans the border. TSA assures the security of flights. The Coast Guard is protecting our waters from illegal fishing and ensuring marine safety. “And all of those agencies employ people who live here in the Northern Marianas and deserve to be paid for their hard work,” Sablan stated. “That is why I have signed on to H.R. 861. The bill simply funds the Department of Homeland Security for the rest of the fiscal year, protecting our economy and all those



 
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