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Congresswoman Bordallo Chairs First Hearing of Subcommittee on Insular Affairs, Oceans, and Wildlife

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Location: Washington, DC

Congresswoman Bordallo Chairs First Hearing of Subcommittee on Insular Affairs, Oceans, and Wildlife

Congresswoman Bordallo, the Chairwoman of the newly-merged House Subcommittee on Insular Affairs, Oceans, and Wildlife, today convened the Subcommittee for its first hearing of the 111th Congress. Members of the Subcommittee met earlier today in Washington, D.C. to receive testimony on H.R. 860, a bill that would reauthorize the Coral Reef Conservation Act of 2000, and H.R. 934, a bill that would convey certain federally controlled submerged lands to the government of the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands (CNMI). H.R. 934 is the first bill introduced by Congressman Gregorio Kilili Sablan of the CNMI.

Testifying before the Subcommittee today was Governor Felix P. Camacho of Guam, Governor Benigno Fitial of the CNMI, and Governor Togiola T.A. Tulafono of American Samoa. Also presenting testimony on H.R. 860 was Evangeline Lujan, the Chair of the U.S. All Islands Coral Reef Committee and the Guam Coastal Management Program Administrator.

Students of the Close-Up Program from Guam, the CNMI, and American Samoa here in Washington, D.C. were able to attend to the hearing and learn about the legislative process.

"Today, we renewed our focus on our coral reefs and coral reef ecosystems," Congresswoman Bordallo said today. "The hearing afforded us an opportunity to learn about ways to improve the partnerships between the federal government and the territories to conserve our coral reefs. We also received testimony on the increasing threats and stresses being placed on coral reefs, and the ideas about what can be done to preserve and protect our reefs."

"I invited the high school students to take turns sitting with the members of the Committee on the dais, and we enjoyed having them share the experience and witness the Governors testifying. The opportunity for students from Guam, the CNMI, and American Samoa to observe our Subcommittee during a hearing is a valuable learning experience about our Congress's legislative process."

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