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LAW 99-662, AND AN ADDITIONAL $15.5 MILLION TO FULLY FUND THE

PROJECTS.

THE CNMI HAS EARMARKED $12,500,000 OF COVENANT CIP

FUNDS FOR PHASE-ONE ONSHORE IMPROVEMENTS COMMENCING EARLY IN

FISCAL YEAR 1989.

IN THE EVENT THE PROJECTS ARE NOT UNDERTAKEN

IN A COORDINATED AND TIMELY CONSTRUCTION SCHEDULE, THE COST WILL

BE INCREASED BY THE REQUIREMENT OF OBTAINING LANDFILL MATERIALS

FROM ONSHORE QUARRIES.

THE DETAILS OF THE SAIPAN PORT

IMPROVEMENT PROJECTS ARE ENCLOSED AS ATTACHMENT II OF THE BUDGET

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WE WISH TO THANK THIS COMMITTEE FOR ITS SUPPORT AND INCLUSION OF

THE $12,100,000 OF FUNDS FOR WAR CLAIMS PAYMENT IN PUBLIC LAW

100-202.

WE PRAY THAT THE COMMITTEE WILL SUPPORT AN

APPROPRIATION OF THE BALANCE IN THE FISCAL YEAR 1989 BUDGET.

WE

APPRECIATE THE $8,000,000 APPROPRIATION AS A PARTIAL FUNDING FOR

PRIOR YEAR SERVICE BENEFITS.

WE REQUEST THE COMMITTEE'S

CONTINUED SUPPORT FOR THE APPROPRIATION OF THE BALANCE AFTER THE

NEW ACTUARIAL STUDY HAS BEEN COMPLETED.

IT IS OUR POSITION THAT

WITH THAT APPROPRIATION THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT WILL HAVE MET ITS

LEGAL OBLIGATION TO FUND THE BENEFITS UNDER THE PROVISIONS OF

SECTION 105 (m) OF U.S PUBLIC LAW 99-239.

MR. CHAIRMAN AND MEMBERS OF THIS COMMITTEE.

OUR REQUESTS FOR

ADDITIONAL FUNDING ARE NOT NUMEROUS AND THE SUMS NOT GREAT.

HOWEVER, WITH OUR BUDGET AND OUR LIMITED LOCAL REVENUES WE SEE

NEED FOR THIS ASSISTANCE TO MEET THE MINIMUM STANDARDS FOR

PUBLIC SERVICES TO AN AMERICAN COMMUNITY.

ONCE AGAIN, ON BEHALF OF THE NEW AMERICAN CITIZENS FROM THE

COMMONWEALTH OF THE NORTHERN MARIANA ISLANDS, I EXTEND OUR

APPRECIATION FOR YOUR INTEREST AND SUPPORT IN THE CONTINUED

GROWTH AND DEVELOPMENT OF OUR ISLANDS AND WE LOOK FORWARD TO

CONTINUING THAT PARTNERSHIP IN THE FUTURE.

THANK YOU FOR THE OPPORTUNITY TO APPEAR BEFORE THIS COMMITTEE.

MY STAFF AND I ARE PREPARED TO ANSWER ANY QUESTIONS THAT THE

COMMITTEE MAY HAVE WITH RESPECT TO THE COMMONWEALTH OF THE

NORTHERN MARIANA ISLANDS.

JOINT STATEMENT BY

THE HONORABLE BENJAMIN T. MANGLONA

PRESIDENT OF THE SENATE

AND

THE HONORABLE PEDRO R. GUERRERO

SPEAKER OF THE HOUSB OF REPRBSENTATIVES

SIXTH NORTHERN MARIANAS COMMONWEALTH LEGISLATURE

TO THE

SUBCOMMITTEE ON INTERIOR AND RELATED AGENCIBS

HOUSB COMMITTEE ON APPROPRIATIONS

UNITED STATES CONGRESS

APRIL 26, 1988

HONORABLE CHAIRMAN YATES, DISTINGUISHED MEMBERS OF YOUR

SUBCOMMITTEE:

IT IS WITH DEEP REGRET THAT URGENT LEGISLATIVE MATTERS ON

SAIPAN HAVE PREVENTED US FROM ATTENDING THESE IMPORTANT

DELIBERATIONS.

HOWEVER, WE WISH TO EXTEND OUR WARMEST GREETINGS

TO YOUR SUBCOMMITTEE, AND TO THIS CONGRESS, ON BEHALF OF OUR LEGISLATURE AND ALL THE PEOPLE OF THE NORTHERN MARIANAS. THANK

YOU FOR INVITING US TO TAKE PART IN THESE IMPORTANT HEARINGS.

IT WAS OUR INTENTION TO ACCOMPANY OUR LIEUTENANT GOVERNOR, THE

HONORABLE PEDRO A. TENORIO, AT TODAY'S HEARING TO SHOW OUR FULL

SUPPORT FOR HIS BUDGET PRESENTATION.

IT IS, THEREFORE, OUR

SINCERE HOPE THAT WE WILL CONTINUE TO MERIT THE SUPPORT THAT OUR

YOUNG COMMONWEALTH GOVERNMENT HAS BEEN SO FORTUNATE TO RECEIVE

FROM YOUR SUBCOMMITTEE IN PREVIOUS YEARS.

RELATIONSHIP WITH THE UNITED STATES

MANY CENTURIES OF RULE BY FOREIGN NATIONS, INCLUDING SPAIN,

GERMANY, AND JAPAN, CULMINATED WHEN OUR ISLANDS WERE MADE A

UNITED NATIONS TRUSTEESHIP AFTER WORLD WAR TWO.

OUR POLITICAL

SOVEREIGNTY WAS, IN EFFECT, HELD IN ABEYANCE.

IT WAS NEVER

SURRENDERED TO ANYONE.

IN 1975, NEGOTIATIONS WERE CONCLUDED TO CREATE A UNIQUE

POLITICAL RELATIONSHIP TO END THE POSTWAR U.N. TRUSTEESHIP. A

COVENANT TO ESTABLISH A COMMONWEALTH OF THE NORTHERN MARIANA

ISLANDS IN POLITICAL UNION WITH THE UNITED STATES WAS APPROVED BY

OUR PEOPLE IN A U.N.-OBSERVED PLEBISCITE, THE U.S. CONGRESS, AND

THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES.

THE TEN ARTICLES CONTAINED IN THE COVENANT PROVIDES POR A

RELATIONSHIP THAT CAN BEST DESCRIBED AS SHARED SOVEREIGNTY NOT OUTRIGHT ANNEXATION WHICH WAS THE CASE FOR ALL OTHER INSULAR POSSESSIONS OF THE UNITED STATES. IN OTHER WORDS, FOR THE FIRST TIME IN THE HISTORY OF U.S. TERRITORIAL AFFAIRS, THE FEDERAL

GOVERNMENT AGREED TO AN UNAMBIGUOUS LIMITATION ON ITS POWBR.

THE

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