CNMI Congressman Gregorio “Kilili” Sablan has been selected as the vice chair for insular affairs for the 117th Congress.
House Natural Resources Committee Chair Chair Raúl M. Grijalva (D-Ariz.) made the announcement of the vice chairs and subcommittee chairs for the 117th Congress.
The positions were chosen by the Democratic members of the Committee during their recently concluded organizing meeting.
“I want to thank Chair Grijalva for recognizing the importance of giving the insular areas this voice on the Committee,” Rep. Sablan said in a statement. “Many of the issues we face are shared with other areas of our nation—climate change, for instance. Often, however, these problems are accentuated by geography, culture, or our unequal political representation.”
He added: “As Vice Chair in the last Congress, I was able to hold a hearing on the Medicaid funding crisis the islands faced; and the crisis was averted. I hope to use this position as effectively in the 117th Congress.”
The full Committee organizing meeting will be live-streamed tomorrow at 11:00 a.m. Eastern time.