Washington, DC – The American Rescue Plan, which provides a $1.9 trillion Covid-19 relief package, passed the House without any Republican votes. President Biden is expected to sign on Friday.
Congressman Gregorio Kilili Camacho Sablan issued the follow statement:
“One year ago, the bottom fell out for the people of the Northern Mariana Islands. Our tourism-dependent economy suddenly had no tourists. Businesses began closing. People were laid off. Schools closed. And government revenues plunged.
“We were fortunate that, as islands with few access points, we could keep the coronavirus at bay and remain healthy by screening every arrival.
“And we were fortunate to receive the economic help we needed from the federal government and from our fellow Americans. We will be forever grateful.
“Now vaccinations have begun. We are rolling up our sleeves to take the shot and to get back to work. But when will tourists feel safe to travel to our islands? And when will we feel safe allowing tourists to return? Like so much of what has happened over this last year, we cannot predict.