From the Congressman
October 30, 2019
For Immediate Release
Guam included in new Office of Territorial Exporting
In a hearing of the Financial Services Committee to reauthorize and enhance the Ex-Im Bank, language was included to create the Office of Territorial Exporting.
The Office of Territorial Exporting will be a dedicated office in the Ex-Im Bank to facilitate Territory access to a pool of up to 175 million dollars annually to finance and guarantee export-oriented businesses.
Congressman San Nicolas amended the language to ensure that Guam, the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands (CNMI), American Samoa, and the U.S. Virgin Islands (USVA) had a dedicated liaison in this office, focusing entirely on securing resources from the $175mm pool to grow Guam, the CNMI, American Samoa and USVA export-import industries.
"To reduce poverty we must create opportunities and lower the cost of living. More job growth raises wages for everyone, and developing our export capacity will accomplish this," opened Congressman San Nicolas. "Exports will also lower our shipping costs and cost of living with the addition of outbound cargoes and higher shipping volumes," Congressman San Nicolas added.
"With this new language private industry will have dedicated federal support - an actual individual - who's job will solely be to help local businesses access $175 million in federal export-import financing," Congressman San Nicolas continued.
"I am deeply humbled by the statements and support of both our Chairwoman Maxine Waters, and Republican Ranking Member Patrick McHenry, both of whom expressed their full support for the Territory cause," Congressman San Nicolas concludes.
October 29, 2019
For Immediate Release
Congress moves to extend Medicaid to FAS migrants
Congressman San Nicolas has joined fellow Districts hosting Compact Migrants through the leadership of Congressman Cardenas to extend Medicaid eligibility to Compact migrants.
The Covering Our FAS Allies (COFA) Act will reinstate Medicaid eligibility to FAS migrants that has not been afforded since 1996. Without Medicaid eligibility, Compact migrants unable to pay or uninsured are left to rely on the Government of Guam Medically Indigent Program (MIP) which has been severely underfunded for many years.
Medicaid eligibility will enable Compact migrant healthcare costs to be partially covered by federal matching funds with 55% federally covered and 45% locally covered.
"With over 14,000 Compact migrants living on Guam Medicaid eligibility will more than double current MIP buying power. This will relieve the government from shouldering the full cost of uninsured migrant healthcare in MIP or GMH deficit spending," opened Congressman San Nicolas.
"Including our Compact Migrant community in Medicaid not only improves their access to care, it lowers Guam taxpayer burdens and provides relief to GMH where all the uninsured healthcare costs accrue," added Congressman San Nicolas.
"I would like to thank my colleagues and my friend Congressman Cardenas for this shared effort to not only relieve Compact affected areas, but also to strengthen the Treaty relationship with the Freely Associated States in a time where foreign efforts are attempting to cut off American relationships critical to our national security," Congressman San Nicolas concludes.
October 1st, 2019
For Immediate Release
Veterans Townhall scheduled for Friday, October 4th from 5:30pm to 7pm at Government House with the Veterans Affairs Congressional Delegation (CoDel).
All Veterans and members of the public interested in Veterans issues are invited to attend.
This CoDel will feature the Chairman of the Veterans Affairs Committee Mark Takano and Members of the Committee. Master of Ceremony and moderator of the Townhall will be decorated Veteran and long time law enforcement officer and local businessman John Ananich II.
Mr. Ananich was a police officer with the Guam police department from 2005-2017 and Valedictorian of his Police cycle.
He was a member of the Army National Guard (Guam) from 2006-2014 earning the rank of Sergeant and recognized as Soldier of the cycle/Honor Grad.
Mr. Ananich was deployed to Afghanistan in 2008 with 1st of the 294th infantry regiment in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. He conducted over 180 combat missions to include combat patrols and security convoys and was personally involved in 3 IED related incidents, 2 indirect and 1 direct. Ananich received numerous campaign medals to include the Combat Infantry Badge (CIB) while deployed. He is a Veteran of foreign war and a Proud civilian soldier.
Doors open for the Townhall at 5pm and seating and participation is based on first come first served basis.
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