CNMI OFFICIAL ASKS FOR NONVOTING DELEGATE TO U.S. CONGRESS

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SAIPAN, Northern Mariana Islands (May 1, 2000 – Hawaii Public Radio)---A Northern Mariana Islands official wants Alaska congressman Don Young to reintroduce legislation giving the islands a nonvoting congressional delegate.

That request comes from Juan Babauta, the Territory’s representative to Washington.

The Pacific territories of Guam and American Samoa already have congressional delegates. They can vote in house committees but not on the house floor.

Babauta says the Marinas deserve the same representation. He says federal bills affecting the territory are passed without any input from Northern Marianas islanders.

In particular, Babauta cites current efforts to take over territorial immigration policies.

Babauta says he appealed to Young because Alaska was once a territory.

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