Delegate Gregorio Kilili Sablan (Ind-MP) will have another ceremonial swearing-in for his third term in office, this time on Saipan on Jan. 30. Sablan has also been able to reclaim a seat on the Subcommittee on Early Childhood, Elementary and Secondary Education, as well as on the Subcommittee on Workforce Protection.
The public investiture ceremony will be held at the Marianas High School gymnasium at 9am on Wednesday next week. This comes weeks after the 113th U.S. House of Representatives held its inaugural session and individual ceremonial swearing in on Jan. 3 in Washington, D.C.
Sablan is the first and so far only CNMI nonvoting delegate to the U.S. Congress since the signing of a law in 2008 that also placed CNMI immigration under federal control.
Meanwhile, the delegate said the Subcommittee on Early Childhood, Elementary and Secondary Education for the Northern Mariana Islands in which he is a returning member is responsible for the Elementary and Secondary Education Act, which is providing $8.4 million to the Public School System this year and which is overdue for reauthorization.
“If the Republican majority decides to tackle the needed rewrite, I will be working to improve the funding situation for our Northern Marianas schools. I am also returning to the Workforce Protection Subcommittee, which has jurisdiction over minimum wage and other labor-related policy important to the Northern Mariana Islands,” he said.