More technical assistance funding sought for CNMI


Delegate Gregorio Kilili C. Sablan (Ind-MP) has offered an amendment to increase technical assistance funding for the CNMI and other U.S. insular areas.

In his weekly e-newsletter, Sablan said the Northern Marianas and other U.S. insular areas would get $5 million more in technical assistance funding under an amendment he offered during a House debate on the fiscal 2016 Interior and Environment appropriation this week.

Sablan offered the amendment to House Resolution 28-22.

The House Appropriations Committee has proposed keeping funding at current levels for the Assistance to Territories program, the e-newsletter said.

“But as I told my colleagues, the Department of the Interior needs additional resources to continue and complete multi-year projects that help the territories to develop economically and become more self-sufficient,” Sablan said.

The lawmaker added that sustainable energy projects, school infrastructure upgrades, and the Coral Reef Initiative are just a few examples of Interior programs “that require continued investment.”

Sablan said, “Interior Appropriations Subcommittee chairman Ken Calvert (R-CA) reluctantly opposed the amendment but offered to work with me to find the additional funding.”

“The House will vote on my amendment when it returns after the July 4 recess,” Sablan in his weekly update said.

Joel D. Pinaroc | Reporter
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