Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi has committed her support to bringing the full resources of the United States to help the Marianas in the recovery effort following Super Typhoon Yutu, Delegate Gregorio Kilili C. Sablan (Ind-MP) said yesterday.
Yutu ravaged the islands on Oct. 24 -25, killing at least one, injuring over 130, and causing massive destruction to homes, businesses, public facilities, and infrastructure on Saipan and Tinian.
“I am already working with…Pelosi and the Appropriations Committee to put together a package of assistance,” Sablan said. “I am very grateful for her assurance of help from Congress and the American people.”
Pelosi issued the following statement: “Our fellow Americans in the Mariana Islands have endured a storm of staggering force and destructiveness. We are praying for the families and communities who were hit, and for the brave first responders who have rushed to help.
“We are grateful for the tireless leadership of Congressman Sablan, who immediately began working to ensure the federal government keeps its moral obligation to our fellow Americans in the aftermath of this disaster. The powerful and respected voice he brings to Washington, on both sides of the aisle, will be invaluable in ensuring the Mariana Islands receive the help they need to rebuild strong as ever.
“Every American is owed this solemn promise, whether they live in the territories or the mainland: that in the critical months of recovery to come, their government will do everything it can to save lives and make them whole.”
Sablan is scheduled to return to Washington, D.C. immediately after the election, so that he can meet face-to-face with Pelosi and leaders on both sides of the aisle to ensure that Marianas food aid, Medicaid, and other federal programs not covered by Federal Emergency Management Agency funding are fully funded. (PR)