35 US congressional interns and counting during Kilili’s term

Since the start of his term in 2009, U.S. Congressman Gregorio Kilili Camacho Sablan has helped 35 NMI students learn on-the-job skills in congressional offices and federal agencies through the internship program. Most of the interns excelled academically and wanted to pursue a career related to helping the community.

It takes an island

Maybe I should apologize to the over 400 people who came to the Kilili for Congress fundraiser and then got asked to contribute more for Dandan Middle School. But I think we were all very happy that we raised enough to build a bus shelter that will keep students protected from the rain for many years to come.

Kilili: Affordable Care Act funds to CHC hit $42M; $67M still available

U.S. Congressman Gregorio Kilili Camacho Sablan says new Medicaid funding from the Affordable Care Act, or Obamacare, drawn down by the CNMI reached $41,982,993 as of last week.

NMI businesses benefiting from federal credit funds

“President Obama proposed the program in January 2010, as part of the ongoing effort to lift the nation out of recession, and the Democratic Congress passed the measure in September of that year,” Kilili added. “Treasury phoned me in November, concerned that the commonwealth had not yet applied to be a ‘participating state.’ I alerted the governor that the 60-day window of opportunity was closing and the CNMI got on board."

NMC Honor Society inducts 11 new members

The keynote speaker for the Fall Induction Ceremony, U.S. Congressman Gregorio Kilili Camacho Sablan, spoke to the new inductees about the four watershed moments in the CNMI history that had far-reaching effects: choosing to become Americans by approving the Covenant, the formation of a constitutional government, the decision to liberalize local immigration law, and the decision to allow casino development. The main focus of his message was the importance of leadership. Kilili encouraged the inductees to take the lead as future leaders since they would be very involved in working through whatever problems and possibilities came from this new development. The inductees were told to set the example and encourage others. He concluded by expressing his confidence in their ability to be future leaders because of the strong academic record they had already achieved.

Zaldy's opinion of Kilili: "He’s not into B.S. He’s honest. He deserves your continued support."

Marianas Variety Editor Zaldy Dandan is recommending U.S. Congressman Gregorio Kilili Camacho Sablan: "quite possibly the hardest working CNMI elected official. In Washington, D.C., he’s a tireless advocate for the Northern Marianas and its people. On these islands, he’s a reliable presence. He is very knowledgeable about the issues. You may, from time to time, disagree with him, but he knows what he’s talking about. He is competent. Since 2009, he has gained the respect of U.S. lawmakers from both sides of the aisle — as can be seen by the endorsement of key U.S. House Democrats and the recent visit of several U.S. Republican House committee chairmen. He continues to secure federal assistance needed by PSS, CHC, other critical government agencies/programs and the local people themselves."

NMC to host ‘Cash for College’ workshop on Nov. 15

The free “Cash for College” workshop was made possible by the financial support of the U.S. Department of Education’s College Access Challenge Grant program. This federal program aims to increase the number of students from underrepresented minority populations enrolled in college. Congressman Sablan was an original co-sponsor of the law creating this program.

US Democratic Whip Steny Hoyer endorses Kilili

Congressman Steny Hoyer, the second highest ranking Democrat in the U.S. House of Representatives, has endorsed Gregorio Kilili Camacho Sablan for re-election. Hoyer, D-Maryland, serves as the Democratic whip, next in line to be the House minority leader. “Congressman Sablan is a strong and effective representative for your islands,” Hoyer wrote in an open letter to the people of the Northern Marianas.

CHCC supports broader screening for diabetes

The Commonwealth Healthcare Corp. has thrown its support behind Delegate Gregorio Kilili C. Sablan’s call for broader screening for diabetes. In a Sept. 30 letter to U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Secretary Sally Burwell, Sablan and other members of the House Diabetes Caucus said knowing that one is on the verge of having diabetes could help people make lifestyle changes that could possibly avert the disease.

Kilili wants NMI to share visitors center with Guam

“If we put it on Rota, that’s another economic development for the island. Not only that, the University of Guam has a very vibrant and very large marine laboratory. They do research and have scientists from all over the world who conduct marine research under the UOG marine lab,” he told Saipan Tribune. As it is, Sablan said, the CNMI has problems maintaining its infrastructure and co-managing the visitors center with the UOG would solve that problem.