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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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Kilili attends last Obama State of the Union
Marianas Variety — WASHINGTON, D.C. (Office of the CNMI Congressional Delegate) — U.S. Congressman Gregorio Kilili Camacho Sablan joined his colleagues in the U.S. Congress tonight to witness President Obama deliver his final State of the Union address. Congressman Sablan issued this statement following the State of the Union: “The people of the Northern Mariana Islands gave me the incredible opportunity to be a witness to history — to see our first African American president sworn in to office and now to hear him talk to America about the road we traveled over the last seven years and where we can go from here. “In some ways the history of this president matches the recent history of the Northern Marianas. We, too, people of color, gained representation in our national government that we had never had before. We, too, had to struggle back from a great economic recession and today see a brighter future ahead. “President Obama has been good for the people of the Northern Mar
Kilili inspects CW processing center in California
Saipan Tribune- WASHINGTON, D.C.—Delegate Gregorio Kilili C. Sablan (Ind-MP) made a snap inspection of the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Service’s California Service Center last Thursday. The center handles all the applications for CW foreign workers in the Northern Mariana Islands. Delays in processing there, as well as a large number of applications submitted with less than the recommended 90 days lead time, have resulted in CNMI businesses cutting hours and in lost income for employees of those businesses—both foreign and U.S. workers. “The CW applications represent only 2 percent of the total workload of the California Service Center,” Sablan said. “But what is of small importance to their overall operation is of huge importance to the people I represent in the Northern Marianas. I wanted to make that point clear by making a personal inspection of the center.” According to USCIS officials, all application for CW permits that expired on Dec. 31 have been taken out o
THIS WEEK IN CONGRESS - January 8, 2016
In this issue: Republicans want to cut insular Medicaid Another sign of recovery Opportunities - Federal grants, jobs for/in the Marianas Highlights in the legislative program __________________________________________________________________________ Republicans want to cut insular Medicaid. President Obama vetoed today Republican legislation that cut Medicaid funding for the Northern Mariana Islands by an estimated $26 million. Medicaid for the other insular areas — American Samoa, Guam, Puerto Rico, and the Virgin Islands — would also have been cut. The vetoed bill passed the House this week with Republicans all voting to cut insular Medicaid funding, Democrats all voting against it. I worked very hard to get that money into the Affordable Care Act, or Obamacare. It increased NMI Medicaid from about $50 million to $158 million through the period ending in 2019 — a three-fold jump. That money has been essential to keeping the Commonwealth Health Center open after the C
BREAKING NEWS: 240-day grace period for CW renewals finalized
WASHINGTON, D.C.—The U.S. Secretary of Homeland Security, Jeh Johnson, has signed the final rule allowing CW-1 workers in the Northern Mariana Islands to keep working, if their permit renewal has been delayed. The rule will be published officially in the Federal Register on Friday, Jan. 15, and becomes effective 30 days later. It is available for public inspection at the Federal Register website. When effective, the rule will provide a 240-day grace period for CW workers to continue working, if an application for a new permit was filed before the old permit expired and if the new permit is still awaiting approval. “It is about time,” Delegate Gregorio Kilili Camacho Sablan (Ind-MP) said. “The disruption to the Northern Marianas economy, the lost income for businesses and workers—that is still going on—would have been completely avoided, if USCIS had not waited over a year and a half to finalize this rule. “The law extending federal immigration to the Marianas specifically

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