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The U.S. Representative for Northern Mariana Islands's At large district, serving since 2009.
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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.











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 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











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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