When Congressman Gregorio Kilili Camacho Sablan first came to Washington in 2009, the country was in crisis. Work in the U.S. Congress went into overdrive with Members staying until the early hours of the morning to pass legislation meant alleviate the economic hardships of many Americans.
Congressman Kilili did not allow the Northern Marianas to be left behind. Working with other Members of the U.S. House of Representatives, and the U.S. Senate, too, he made sure that the Marianas is included in major pieces of legislations that gave funding to states and territories. In his first term alone, he managed to insert language in eight laws that benefited the commonwealth.
And his legislative accomplishments continue.
"I did not run for Congress to become famous. I ran because I wanted to get work done for the people of the Northern Mariana Islands."
- PL 111-13 – Edward M. Kennedy Serve America Act: Marianas included in Domestic Volunteers Service Act and National Volunteer Antipoverty programs
- PL 111-84 – National Defense Authorization Act of 2010: Section 527: Marianas positions at each service academy increased from one to two.
- PL 111-148 – Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act: Section 2005: 30% increase in Medicaid base funding for Marianas, local matching rate lowered from 50/50 to 55/45.
- PL 111-152 – Health Care and Education Reconciliation Act of 2010: Section 1323: Provides additional $109 million to the Marianas for Medicaid.
- PL 111-244 – Guam political status education: Section 2: Marianas minimum wage increase rescheduled.
- PL 111-320 – Child Abuse Prevention and Treatment Act reauthorization: Section 311: Marianas gets state share of Domestic Violence Coalition grant.
- PL 111-364 – Diesel Emissions Reduction reauthorization :Section 2: State share of Diesel Emissions Reduction grant provided for the Marianas.
- PL 111-383 – National Defense Authorization Act of 2011: Section 642: Authorizes exchange store expansion feasibility study. Section 3503: Merchant Marine Academy nominations allowed for residents of the Marianas.
- PL 112-239 – National Defense Authorization Act of 2013: Section 588: Requires display of Marianas flag on military installations along with all State flags. Section 1699a: Marianas included in State Trade and Export Promotion (STEP) Grant program.
- PL 113-4 – Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act of 2013: Section 201: Doubles grant for Sexual Assault Services Program in the Northern Marianas.
- PL 113-34: Section 1: Ownership of submerged lands conveyed to Mariana Islands. Section 2: Minimum wage increases rescheduled.
- PL 113-66 – National Defense Authorization Act for 2014 : Section 515: Authorization of feasibility study for National Guard unit in Marianas.
- PL 113-79 – Agricultural Act of 2014 : Section 4031: Creates Marianas SNAP pilot program, $32.5 million provided.
- PL 113-121 – Water Resources Reform and Development Act of 2014 : Section 10321: Increases waiver of Marianas match for Army Corps projects.
- PL 113-235 – Consolidated and Further Continuing Appropriations Act, 2015: Section 10: Immigration transition period extended from 2014 to 2019.
- PL 113-291 – National Defense Authorization Act of 2015 : Section 3051: Authorizes Rota National Park Resource Study.
- PL 114-92 – National Defense Authorization Act of 2016: Section 556: Marianas positions at each military service academy increased from two to three.
- PL 114-95 – Every Student Succeeds Act: Section 1121: Increases Title IA funding for the Marianas.
- PL 114-305: Authorizes naming of Saipan Post Office.
- PL 115-53 – Northern Marianas Economic Expansion Act: Increases CW permits, barred use for new construction workers, increased training fee for U.S. workers.
- PL 115-182 – VA MISSION Act : Section 213: Authorizes feasibility study for a VA community based outpatient clinic in the Marianas.
- P.L. 115-218 — The Northern Marianas Islands U.S. Workforce Act: Incentivizes the hiring of U.S. workers while giving the Marianas economy access to foreign labor for 10 more years.