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."

US Democratic Caucus chairman endorses Kilili

The Chairman of the Democratic Caucus has endorsed Kilili for Congress: “As a member of the Democratic Caucus in the U.S. House of Representatives, Congressman Gregorio Kilili Camacho Sablan has become a leader for the Democratic Party and an effective advocate for the people of the Northern Mariana Islands,” Becerra wrote. The Democratic Caucus is the official organization of Democrats in the House and welcomes Independents, such as Sablan, who align with the inclusive, multi-cultural, and community-centered policies of the national Democratic Party.

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.

Senate OKs historic submerged land lease deal with Sea Touch

The Senate unanimously approved Friday the historic submerged land lease agreement between Sea Touch Saipan LLC and the Department of Land and Natural Resources, paving the way for the $1.125-million shark and stingray marine park project at the beachfront of Fiesta Resort & Spa Saipan. The bill, House Bill 18-198, HS1, now heads to Gov. Eloy S. Inos’ desk and if he signs it into law, it will mark the first time the islands would be profiting from its submerged lands, 10 months after President Barrack Obama signed Public Law 113-34 that gave the CNMI control of the underwater coasts of its islands.

Kilili says Obama administration may continue federal loan program

Through the Office of Congressman Sablan, the CNMI government was alerted to the availability of the program geared toward supporting small businesses. As early as Nov. 12, 2010, Sablan had written to then-Gov. Benigno R. Fitial advising him of the program’s availability and the need for the CNMI to file a notice of intent with the Secretary of the Treasury by Nov. 26, 2010 to be able to be eligible to receive the $13,168,359 in allocated federal funds under the new program that promotes private access to credit for small businesses. In his succeeding email on Dec. 23, 2010, he urged the CNMI to take advantage of the program saying that it was not a competitive grant program, but the CNMI would be getting its entire share. He wanted the CNMI to tap into this program and start helping small businesses.

Harbor projects in the works

The CNMI’s share of $1.22 million for the Rota project will now the cost $989,000, and the local cost of the Tinian project at $1.13 million is now $891,500 due a change Delegate Gregorio Kilili C. Sablan included in the Water Resources Reform and Development Act this year.

Utility assistance program gets $192K

The Department of Community and Cultural Affairs’ program that provides utility assistance to low-income families has been awarded $192,324 in annual funding, according to Delegate Gregorio Kilili C. Sablan (Ind-MP). Sablan said the $192,324 will be for this fiscal year 2015, which began this month. “This is 90 percent of expected annual funding and the rest should be appropriated when U.S Congress resumes in November,” he said. Sablan was able to secure the increased funding for LIHEAP of about four times more by citing CNMI and DCCA-LIHEAP data, which showed that there should be more funding for the program.