There's been a 'last–minute' setback in congress for the Marianas Trench Marine Monument Visitor Center. Just minutes before Congressman Greg Kilili Sablan's bill was about to be debated, the bill was 'pulled' from the House calendar. Sablan's office says the Congressional Budget Office which routinely estimates bill costs, 'scored' kilili's bill at almost 19–million dollars over the next five–years. The deficit issue is highly–sensitive during this election cycle...and a top aide to Sablan says the House Natural Resources Committee, fearing a republican objection, pulled the bill "moments before" it was to be debated.
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It's too bad, but we should keep supporting this bill, H.R. 3511. Kilili said he will keep working on this. Nothing is up on his website, yet, though. Perhaps he needs to hear from us that we want him to go forward.