Kilili: Partial Shutdown of CNMI Government ” A Local Matter”


Guam – CNMI Congressman Gregorio “Kilili” Sablan issued a statement on the partial shutdown of CNMI Government services saying it is a local matter and should be resolved locally.

However he said he stands ready to seek Federal assistance if necessary.

The statement reads:

“The partial shutdown of the Commonwealth Government is a local matter, which can only be resolved by the Commonwealth Legislature and the Governor.  I hope that resolution comes quickly because whether they resolve this matter today, or tomorrow, they will need to resolve it.  So they might as well do it today.”

“We must all be concerned, however, about the health and safety of the people of the Northern Mariana Islands.  During this time, our office will work with other Federal agencies to make certain that federal programs operating in the CNMI continue and if federal assistance becomes necessary to assure that the people are protected, our office will take the appropriate action to enlist federal aid.”