Rationale: This proposed amendment permits any state, the District of Columbia, commonwealth, territory, insular area
, or nation to affiliate with AVA and become part of the AVA Regional/National organization.
face serious economic and fiscal challenges and rely on federal funding to support their governments and deliver critical services.
of American Samoa, the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands (CNMI), Guam, and the U.S.
Governor John de Jongh learned from the Office of Insular Areas
of the US Dept of the Interior that the government of the US Virgin Islands would shortly receive $165 million for estimated rum excise tax cover-over for fiscal year 2015.
The federal government had answers for the states, but the insular areas
were not given this same courtesy."
Interior Department said that Assistant Secretary for Insular Areas
Tony Babauta signed a $365,000 grant award allowing the school to move ahead with architecture and engineering designs.
law enforcement; augment training for state and local law enforcement operating under cooperative agreements with federal immigration authorities to increase anti-trafficking activities and better identify and protect trafficking victims; brief domestic workers in the United States assigned to foreign diplomats of their labor rights; strengthen enforcement of temporary worker programs; increase public awareness through linguistically and culturally appropriate grassroots outreach; and intensify enforcement and workers rights infrastructure, such as ombudsman offices, in insular areas
Although rice is native to mainland Southeast Asia, it is far more difficult to grow rice in the equatorial latitudes of the insular areas
and the Malay Peninsula.
In addition to existing set-asides for grants to Indian Tribes and insular areas
and funding for specific local projects under the Economic Development Initiative, the bill would provide $150 million for a new Sustainable Communities Initiative, $25 million for a new Rural Innovation Fund and $25 million for a new University Community Fund.
The five largest insular areas
of the United States--American Samoa, the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands (CNMI), Guam, Puerto Rico, and the U.S.
Under the Trust Fund bill, 60 percent of the funds will be allocated directly to local communities, with the remainder to be granted to states, insular areas
and Indian tribes.
Virgin Islands, and other affiliated insular areas
; and foreign banks' offices in U.S.-affiliated insular areas