Saipan – Congressman Gregorio Kilili Camacho Sablan issued the following statement today on news that President Obama has selected Cecilia Muñoz to be Director of the President’s Domestic Policy Council. Muñoz is co-Chair of the Interagency Group on Insular Affairs along with Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar. She also serves as Special Assistant to the President and Director of Intergovernmental Affairs.
“President Obama has made a fine choice in selecting Cecilia Munoz to head his Domestic Policy Council. Ms. Munoz has been very accessible and responsive on issues related to the Northern Mariana Islands in her capacity as co-Chair of the Interagency Group on Insular Affairs and as Director for Intergovernmental Affairs. I look forward to continuing that relationship as she takes on her new and broader responsibilities assisting the President in executing the policies that affect all American families.”
[Feb. 2010 Photo: (L.-R.) Interior Assistant Secretary Anthony M. Babauta, Guam Congresswoman Madeleine Z. Bordallo, former Guam Governor Carlos Camacho, Special Assistant to the President Cecilia Muñoz, and Congressman Sablan at the annual Interagency Group on Insular Affairs meeting, which Muñoz Co-Chairs]
Sablan has worked with Muñoz on health care issues and first learned that the President had agreed to support inclusion of the insular areas in the landmark health care reform legislation in a meeting with Muñoz at the White House.
Muñoz also helped Sablan influence the Department of Homeland Security decision to allow Russian and Chinese tourists to continue to enter the Northern Mariana Islands after the transition to federal immigration control had begun, a policy that has been critical to the Northern Marianas tourism industry.