U.S. Rep. Raúl Grijalva, D-Ariz., and representatives of a number of U.S. territories filed a invoice Monday that will require federal departments to have advisors on territorial affairs.
If handed, the invoice would create an workplace in every federal division “to supervise issues impacting the U.S. territories inside their jurisdiction,” mentioned Rep. Jenniffer González Colón, R-Puerto Rico.
Territories face challenges, together with the , she mentioned, which “generally results in unequal remedy.”
The territories have totally different wants, Grijalva mentioned, “This laws will assist be certain that every govt division has the experience it wants to grasp these wants and make good on our duty to assist financial and social growth within the Insular Areas.”
Together with Grijalva, the invoice is sponsored by González Colón, Rep. Gregorio Sablan, D-Northern Mariana Islands, Rep. Jim Moylan, R-Guam, and Rep. Stacey Plaskett, D-U.S. Virgin Islands. Grijalva is the chairman of the Home Pure Assets Committee, which oversees territorial points.
“This well timed laws will present an avenue for the particular advisors to deal with main coverage issues in a complete trend and supply higher readability of company roles and obligations and enhance coverage implementation,” Plaskett mentioned.
Sablan famous, “The distinctive circumstances of the Marianas and different Insular Areas are too simply missed when federal companies set nationwide insurance policies. The Particular Advisors for Insular Areas Act addresses that downside.”