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Statement of Interior Assistant Secretary Babauta on the Partial Shutdown of the CNMI Government



September 30, 2010
For more information please contact:
Jennifer Feng (202) 208-6974
Jennifer_Feng@ios.doi.gov


WASHINGTON D.C. –The Department of the Interior's Assistant Secretary for Insular Areas, Tony Babauta issued the following statement regarding the partial shutdown of the CNMI government:

"I am concerned with the disagreements between the CNMI House and Senate over approving a balanced budget for Fiscal Year 2011.  I am confident that the Governor will ensure that all essential services to protect the safety and welfare of CNMI residents will remain undisrupted.  During this time, my office will work with other Federal agencies to make certain that federal programs operating in the CNMI continue.  I am hopeful that a practical resolution can be reached promptly."