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The U.S. Representative for Northern Mariana Islands's At large district, serving since 2009.
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Financial Services, Interior and Environment, and State and Foreign Operations appropriations bills move forward
The fiscal 2015 appropriations process advanced several pieces of funding legislation. We highlight the legislative action and funding decisions important to the Northern Mariana Islands: The House Appropriations Committee approved my request in the Interior and Environment spending bill for 1.5% of the water and sewer funds to be set aside for the insular areas, which is about five times more than what current law sets aside. The increase in the set aside allocation will help soften the impact since the overall funding for water and wastewater programs were decreased compared to the FY14 enacted level. Moreover, the Committee continued funding for the Assistance to Territories program at about the same level as last year. The program supports Capital Improvement Project funding as well as technical assistance grants to the Northern Mariana Islands. The House of Representatives this week also passed H.R. 5016 - Financial Services and General Government Appropriations Act, 2015 that in

Kilili: Our goal remains full inclusion in Obamacare
Congressman Gregorio Kilili Camacho Sablan issued the following statement today in response to the announcement by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services that certain provisions of the Affordable Care Act, or Obamacare, would no longer be interpreted to apply to the Northern Mariana Islands and other U.S. territories. “I continue to believe that it is in the best interest of the people of the Northern Marianas to be able to receive federally subsidized health insurance that covers the full range of benefits and is available to everyone no matter what their current or previous medical condition. We deserve the same access to quality, affordable health care as all other Americans. “I understand that territorial governments have asked for relief from provisions of the Affordable Care Act and that the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services have responded by reversing a previous decision that guaranteed availability, the essential health benefits standards for insurance co

Congress authorizes increases in job training funds
The Northern Marianas will soon get additional help to bring U.S. workers into the labor force. The House passed H.R.803, the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act, which authorizes a 17 percent increase in job training program funding over the next six years. The bill passed by a vote of 415-6 this week; and now goes to the President for signature. In addition to the jump in training funds, H.R.803 is designed to give Governors and Workforce Investment Boards greater flexibility to use the money to meet local job needs. Another important change from the current Workforce Investment Act, or WIA, which the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act now replaces are new benchmarks to ensure that those who get training emerge with the skills and certifications they can use to get jobs. The bill also focuses more of the funding set aside for youth under the age of 24 to those who are out of school. As a member of the Education and the Workforce Committee, which had jurisdiction over this

Committee approves bills to help college students
The House Education and the Workforce Committee marked up a series of higher education bills this week aimed at helping students and their families make better informed decisions about the costs and benefits of attending college. The three bipartisan bills all passed by voice vote. Each targets a different area of higher education policy. H.R. 4984, Empowering Students Through Enhanced Financial Counseling Act. To address the problem of growing student debt, this bill will provide better financial counseling for students before they sign up for loans. It is important that students make well-informed decisions about how to finance their education and how much debt they can afford to take on. H.R. 4983, Strengthening Transparency in Higher Education Act. To assess whether a given college has a good track record graduating students with the skills they need to get jobs, H.R. 4983 creates a new “College Dashboard” tool. The dashboard will provide helpful information about colleges inc

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