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Murkowski: NMI workforce bill has bipartisan support

WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, issued the following statement on Wednesday:

Lisa Murkowski

“I’m pleased the Senate passed S. 2325, the Northern Mariana Islands U.S. Workforce Act, by unanimous consent. The fact that this legislation drew bipartisan support without any objections is a testament to the hard work by all who worked together to address the CNMI’s economic needs and realities. I particularly want to thank Gov. Ralph Torres and Congressman Kilili Sablan for their efforts. I know that Congressman Sablan is already working with his colleagues in the House of Representatives to move the legislation forward in that chamber as soon as possible.  

“As I noted during my visit to Saipan and Tinian last month, as remote locations, the CNMI and Alaska share many similarities and challenges when it comes to meeting our workforce needs. We share the desire to grow and train our domestic workforces so that our residents have the skills and opportunity to fill these positions. The CNMI also has a unique circumstance with some foreign workers living in the CNMI for decades who have now become an integral part of the community.

“Our bill provides greater certainty in making CNMI-Only Transitional Worker permits available over the next 10 years while phasing out the transition period. It ensures that U.S. workers are not put at a disadvantage compared to CW permit workers, and contains additional reporting requirements by companies employing CW workers to ensure their compliance with federal and local labor laws.”