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House Proceeding 12-11-07 on Dec 11th, 2007 :: 0:05:23 to 0:10:18
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Donna M. Christensen

0:05:23 to 0:05:38( Edit History Discussion )

Donna M. Christensen: p.m. today. the speaker pro tempore: for te what p urpose does the gentlelady from virgin islands rise? mrs. chriss.tensen: mr. speaketer, i rise to suspend the rules and pass h.r. 3079,

Donna M. Christensen

0:05:23 to 0:10:18( Edit History Discussion )
Speech By: Donna M. Christensen

Donna M. Christensen

0:05:38 to 0:05:47( Edit History Discussion )

Donna M. Christensen: with an amendment. the speaker pro tempore: the clerk will report the title of the bill. the clerk: h.r. 3079, a bill to amend to establish a commonwealth of the northern mariana islands,

Donna M. Christensen

0:05:47 to 0:05:59( Edit History Discussion )

Donna M. Christensen: and for other purposes. the speaker pro tempore: pursuant to the rule, the gentlelady from virgin islands, mrs. christensen, and the gentleman from utah, mr. bishop, will each control 20

Donna M. Christensen

0:05:59 to 0:06:07( Edit History Discussion )

Donna M. Christensen: minutes.te the chair recognizes the gentlelady from the virgin islands. mrs. christensen: thank you, mr. speaker. and i ask unanimous consent that all members may have five legislative

Donna M. Christensen

0:06:07 to 0:06:16( Edit History Discussion )

Donna M. Christensen: days to girevise and ex tend their remarks and include extraneous material on the bill under consideration. the speaker pro tempore: without objection. mrs. christensen: thank you. h.r. -- mr. speaker

Donna M. Christensen

0:06:16 to 0:06:27( Edit History Discussion )

Donna M. Christensen: and colleagues, h.r. 3079 is legislation that i introduced, along with natural resources chairman nick rahall on july 18 of this year. the subcommittee held two hearings on the matters

Donna M. Christensen

0:06:27 to 0:06:47( Edit History Discussion )

Donna M. Christensen: addressed in this bill. the first in april was an oversight hearing on the current economic, social, and al secuty conditions in the northern marianas. the second, in august, was a legislative

Donna M. Christensen

0:06:47 to 0:07:01( Edit History Discussion )

Donna M. Christensen: field hearing, was the first time a committee convened business in the national territory. h.r. 3079, the people of the -- successive administrations, beginning with president reagan. it's no secret

Donna M. Christensen

0:07:01 to 0:07:14( Edit History Discussion )

Donna M. Christensen: that beginning in the 1990's, they came under great consideration that left the territory with a nationwide, if not a worldwide investigation. reports by human rights organizations, complaints

Donna M. Christensen

0:07:14 to 0:07:30( Edit History Discussion )

Donna M. Christensen: received from foreign governments, and a report issued by the former chairman and ranking member, george miller, dealing miscarriage of immigration policy, foreign -- which left foreign guest

Donna M. Christensen

0:07:30 to 0:07:44( Edit History Discussion )

Donna M. Christensen: workers open to abuse by their employers. through congressional efforts to reform local immigration control throughout the 1990's, they were unsuccessful. congress was able to establish a federal

Donna M. Christensen

0:07:44 to 0:08:01( Edit History Discussion )

Donna M. Christensen: office in the islands to educate foreign guest workers for their rights and a liasion between such populations and the government. today, national security is prominent to the argument -- to extend

Donna M. Christensen

0:08:01 to 0:08:14( Edit History Discussion )

Donna M. Christensen: federal immigration laws to the sean maya. guam is her sister territory. as we know, since the end of world war ii, they've helped secure our nation. most notable, however, among all such

Donna M. Christensen

0:08:14 to 0:08:30( Edit History Discussion )

Donna M. Christensen: islands is guam. as it is the home to many military bases. currently in agreement between the u.s. and japan would add $15 billion to guam's military infrastructure and would relocate to the

Donna M. Christensen

0:08:30 to 0:08:44( Edit History Discussion )

Donna M. Christensen: island the third marine expeditionary force comprising 8,000 active duty soldiers, as well as a stationing of a global hawk surveillance system, the establishment of an army air defense

Donna M. Christensen

0:08:44 to 0:09:00( Edit History Discussion )

Donna M. Christensen: battalion, and other things critical to the presence. guam has been described as a tip of the speer. as both the guam and the other island make up the mariana islands chain. if guam

Donna M. Christensen

0:09:00 to 0:09:11( Edit History Discussion )

Donna M. Christensen: is the tip of the speer, then the sean maya is the other half. lastly, this legislation would provide a nonvoting delegate for the only u.s. jurisdiction in our country without any form

Donna M. Christensen

0:09:11 to 0:09:24( Edit History Discussion )

Donna M. Christensen: of representation inin congress. similar legislation has been favorably reported by the natural resources committee in three previous congresses and have received no further consideration

Donna M. Christensen

0:09:24 to 0:09:37( Edit History Discussion )

Donna M. Christensen: by the house. it's time we provide the same level of representation afforded to other u.s. territories. in closing, h.r. 3079 is legislation that is necessary on several fronts. it would provide

Donna M. Christensen

0:09:37 to 0:09:46( Edit History Discussion )

Donna M. Christensen: a stable immigration policy to rebuild the economy, augment and strengthen the future of the economy, increase the opportunities and skills of local residents to fill private sector employment

Donna M. Christensen

0:09:46 to 0:09:59( Edit History Discussion )

Donna M. Christensen: needs, safeguard the existing foreign guest worker population from employer abuse, and secure the region i n the interest of national security and give the sean maya representation in

Donna M. Christensen

0:09:59 to 0:10:18( Edit History Discussion )

Donna M. Christensen: congress. mr. speaker, at this time i'd reserve the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlelady reserves her time. the gentleman from utah. mr. bishop: thank you, mr. speaker.

Rob Bishop

0:10:18 to 0:10:29( Edit History Discussion )

Rob Bishop: h.r. 3079, as amended, has received much support from the bush administration, as well as the northern marianas elected representative, a republican. mr. tinorio has worked hard to bring forth a bill

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