15 Nov 2011

CNMI delegate joins group pushing for restoration of funds to territories

12:08 pm on 15 November 2011

The Northern Mariana Islands Delegate to the United States Congress has joined ten other members of the Asian Pacific American Caucus in a push to restore more than 85 million dollars in funding for the US territories.

Included in the sum is the technical assistance fund that the CNMI uses to cover the cost of police uniforms, outreach and training for people with disabilities, and books for public schools.

Gregorio Kilili Sablan says the new Republican majority in the US House, cut funding for territories this year and he, along with other Caucus members, want the territories' funds restored.

Mr Sablan says others funds cut include those used to support the Micronesian Legal Services, the Ayuda Network and the Red Cross.

He and other Asian Pacific American Caucus members have written a letter to Senator Patty Murray and Representative Jeb Hensarling, co-chairs of the Joint Committee on Deficit Reduction, tasked with recommending at least 1.5 trillion in spending cuts over the next ten years.