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NMI workforce bill may be sent to Trump this week

THE Torres administration on Wednesday said since the passage of H.R. 5956, the Northern Mariana Islands U.S. Workforce Act of 2018, by the U.S. Congress, the Office of the Governor has been “diligently tracking the status of the legislation as it makes its way” to President Trump.

“In an earlier released statement, we noted that the President will sign the bill within 10 days. As a point of clarification, the bill must be presented to the President first, then after it has been presented, he has 10 days, excluding Sundays, to act on the bill, pursuant to Article I, Section 7 of the U.S. Constitution,” the administration said.

It added that it has been in constant communication with both the White House and the Office of the Speaker of the House of Representatives.

“We received notification from the Speaker’s Office that the bill will likely be transmitted to the White House this week. The White House Office of Intergovernmental Affairs has been engaged and is on standby for the bill’s official transmittal. The delay in the transmittal coincided with Fourth of July festivities in Washington, D.C. Once the bill is transmitted and documented by the White House Office of Legislative Affairs, it will be presented to the President, and the 10-day constitutional requirement commences.”

The administration said it is “important to reiterate that the governor has received assurances that the President will sign the bill. The administration is also in contact with the Department of Homeland Security-U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, regarding new regulations for the CW program once the bill is enacted into law. The governor’s recommendations and concerns have been forwarded to USCIS and will allow for a more effective coordination of the program. The goal continues to be developing the CNMI’s U.S. workforce substantially over time, securing the CNMI’s ability to grow and stabilize its economy, and ensuring that legacy foreign workers will not be capped out during the annual renewal process.”

The administration said it will “continue to provide updates for the Commonwealth as this process moves forward.”