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house Bill H.R. 2200

Island Hopping: The U.S. Territories Omnibus Bill (House Version)

Argument in favor

Turtle conservation and energy efficiency both get some love.

dilpickle's Opinion
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07/20/2016
Grant all territories independence and give them full sovereignty
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Michael's Opinion
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02/20/2017
I do not agree with the interference with the Island territories and blocking minimum wages but there is some positive in the legislation. The right thing to skis give the territories statehood or the same level of autonomy as a state has.
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Vanguard's Opinion
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12/16/2017
This bill would expand turtle conservation areas, which helps protect sea turtles, which most populations are relatively endangered, and establishes an energy plan, which will help start getting these islands more electrical power and this could allow them to use technology to develop themselves more and improve their people's education. The expansion of the Northern Mariana Island's territory could be beneficial to them in terms of giving them access to more resources. So for the most part, I would argue that this bill is pretty beneficial to them.
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Argument opposed

No war reparations for survivors of the Japanese occupation of Guam.

Tim's Opinion
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03/14/2016
I vote no because it holds back a minimum wage increase for NMI. If they want one, they should have it.
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John.Hancock's Opinion
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03/13/2016
No real reason to spend that kind of taxpayers money with no real benefit. Most of this bill could be done without spending Millions.
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Jenne's Opinion
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01/17/2017
Preventing minimum wage increases for the benefit of turtles? No thanks. My nay could become a yea with that amendment to the omnibus bill.
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What is House Bill H.R. 2200?

This bill deals with a number of different issues relating to U.S. territories. Notably, the bill increases the territory of the Northern Mariana Islands to three miles past its shores,  creates an "energy action plan" for the territories, disallows a minimum wage raise in the Northern Mariana Islands, and expands turtle conservation under the Turtle Conservation Act. More details about the omnibus bill are offered below. This bill passed Senate on June 17th. 

Impact

The bill impacts American Samoa, the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands, Guam, Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands, the Federated States of Micronesia, the Republic of the Marshall Islands, and the Republic of Palau.

Cost of House Bill H.R. 2200

The CBO estimates that the Senate version of the bill would increase net direct spending by $20 million over the next ten years.

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In Detail: 

The bill also:

directs the Government Accountability Office (GAO) to conduct reports relating to minimum wages increases in American Samoa and the Northern Mariana Islands;

requires the Secretary of the Interior to direct the American Samoa Election Office to have American Samoans vote to see if they want U.S. citizenship; 

exempts vessels from a requirement that they be rebuilt in the United States if they off load in American Samoa and were rebuilt outside of the United States before January 1, 2011;

requires departments and agencies, in the case of grants to American Samoa, Guam, the Virgin Islands, and the Northern Mariana Islands, to waive any requirement for local matching funds (including in-kind contributions) that the area would otherwise be required to provide, including waiver of an entire matching requirement for a grant requiring matching funds of $500,000 or less;

establishes the St. Croix National Heritage Area in St. Croix, U.S. Virgin Islands and establishes the Castle Nugent National Historic Site on the island of St. Croix, U.S. Virgin Islands, as a unit of the National Park System;

requires the U.S. Virgin Islands to decide about whether or not to add positions to its executive cabinet; 

sets a number of different requirements for workers in the Northern Mariana Islands; 

lets certain grants relating to territories be paid in cash, and; 

states that citizens of Guam receive preference for affordable housing in Guam, ahead of foreign nationals. 

AKA

Territorial Omnibus Act of 2013

Official Title

To improve the administration of programs in the insular areas, and for other purposes.

bill Progress


  • Not enacted
    The President has not signed this bill
  • The senate has not voted
  • The house has not voted
      house Committees
      Fisheries, Wildlife, Oceans and Insular Affairs
      National Parks, Forests, and Public Lands
      Committee on Education and Labor
      Higher Education and Workforce Investment
      Committee on Financial Services
      Workforce Protections
      Committee on Energy and Commerce
      Energy
      Committee on Natural Resources
      Energy and Mineral Resources
      Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure
      Coast Guard and Maritime Transportation
    IntroducedMay 23rd, 2013
    I vote no because it holds back a minimum wage increase for NMI. If they want one, they should have it.
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    No real reason to spend that kind of taxpayers money with no real benefit. Most of this bill could be done without spending Millions.
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    Grant all territories independence and give them full sovereignty
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    Preventing minimum wage increases for the benefit of turtles? No thanks. My nay could become a yea with that amendment to the omnibus bill.
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    I do not agree with the interference with the Island territories and blocking minimum wages but there is some positive in the legislation. The right thing to skis give the territories statehood or the same level of autonomy as a state has.
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    Shorts/Shirt/Flip Flops With Flower Design. Pinocoladia All Day. No Distractions Night Walks On Thee Beach. Sounds Wonderful. So Long TAXPAYERS Are NOT Flipping Thee BILL.
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    This bill would expand turtle conservation areas, which helps protect sea turtles, which most populations are relatively endangered, and establishes an energy plan, which will help start getting these islands more electrical power and this could allow them to use technology to develop themselves more and improve their people's education. The expansion of the Northern Mariana Island's territory could be beneficial to them in terms of giving them access to more resources. So for the most part, I would argue that this bill is pretty beneficial to them.
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