[Congressional Record Volume 166, Number 163 (Monday, September 21, 2020)]
[Extensions of Remarks]
[Page E863]
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                    of the northern mariana islands

                    in the house of representatives

                       Monday, September 21, 2020

  Mr. SABLAN. Madam Speaker, today, I am introducing the Outlying Areas 
Apprenticeship Expansion Program, so the benefits of the National 
Apprenticeship Act are available to the people of the Northern Mariana 
Islands as in the rest of the United States.
  The National Apprenticeship Act has proven its value over the last 83 
years, helping grow local economies and ushering young people into 
successful careers. Yet the Act does not support apprenticeships in the 
Marianas and other insular areas. My bill fixes that inequity, 
providing the annual funding necessary to support the creation of, and 
expansion of registered apprenticeship programs in the Marianas, and 
the rest of the smaller insular areas.
  Apprenticeship programs foster opportunity and innovation in fields 
affecting the well-being of people across the Nation, and help 
communities prepare for the future by developing workforces in crucial 
fields, like telecommunications and healthcare.
  I have every reason to believe that apprenticeship programs will 
similarly lift up the hardworking people of the Marianas, and other 
insular areas.
  I urge all my colleagues to support this important legislation.