Friday, February 05, 2010

Kilili Calls for a Hearing

Representative Greg Sablan (I-Saipan) has called for a hearing on the Mariana Trench Marine National Monument. From his weekly email:
It’s time for a hearing on Marianas Trench Marine National Monument bills – I have sent a second formal request for a legislative hearing on the Marianas Trench Marine National Monument to the Chair of the Subcommittee on Insular Affairs, Oceans, and Wildlife, Madeleine Z. Bordallo (D-Guam). I introduced a bill, H.R. 3511, on July 31, 2009, authorizing the Secretary of the Interior to build a multipurpose visitor center in the NMI for interpretation, public education and enjoyment of the Monument. A hearing was scheduled in October, then cancelled by the Subcommittee. Two weeks ago, Chairwoman Bordallo introduced H.R. 4493, which provides for a Monument visitor and research services on Guam. Bordallo’s bill also gives the Government of Guam a role in the management of the Monument. I think it is very important to have a hearing on these two bills. I look forward to working with Chairwoman Bordallo to make sure that we take testimony from Governor Fitial, the CNMI Legislature leadership, Friends of the Monument, and all the other interested parties in the Northern Marianas who negotiated with the White House on the terms and conditions contained in the Presidential Proclamation that created the Monument. We have to be sure Congress does nothing out of line with the agreements the White House made with the people of the Northern Marianas.
This is good news. I will outline in a future post why the Marianas Trench Monument belongs to the Marianas, not Guam.

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