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S.256: A bill to amend Public Law 93-435 with respect to the Northern Mariana Islands, providing parity with Guam, the Virgin Islands, and American Samoa.

About this Bill

This bill was introduced in the 113th Congress
This bill is primarily about public lands and natural resources
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Sponsor Ron Wyden, D-Ore.
Total Cosponsors 1 (All Republicans)
Introduced Feb. 7, 2013
Latest Major Action Sept. 18, 2013
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Bill Summary

(This measure has not been amended since it was reported to the Senate on June 27, 2013. The summary of that version is repeated here.)

Conveys to the government of the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands (CNMI) submerged lands surrounding such Islands and extending three geographical miles outward from their coastlines.

Includes the CNMI among the islands where the President may establish naval defensive sea areas and airspace reservations when necessary for national defense.

Amends the Fair Minimum Wage Act to provide for no CNMI minimum wage increases in 2013 and 2015.

(Source: Congressional Research Service)

Bill Actions

Date Description
Sept. 18, 2013 Became Public Law No: 113-34.
Sept. 18, 2013 Signed by President.
Sept. 12, 2013 Presented to President.
Sept. 10, 2013

On motion to suspend the rules and pass the bill Agreed to by the Yeas and Nays: (2/3 required): 415 - 0 (Roll no. 454). (text: CR H5453)

Sept. 10, 2013 Considered as unfinished business. (consideration: CR H5458-5459)
Sept. 10, 2013 At the conclusion of debate, the Yeas and Nays were demanded and ordered. Pursuant to the provisions of clause 8, rule XX, the Chair announced that further proceedings on the motion would be postponed.
Sept. 10, 2013 DEBATE - The House proceeded with forty minutes of debate on S. 256.
Sept. 10, 2013 Considered under suspension of the rules. (consideration: CR H5453-5454)
Sept. 10, 2013 Mr. Hastings (WA) moved to suspend the rules and pass the bill.
Aug. 2, 2013 Referred to House Education and the Workforce
Aug. 2, 2013 Referred to House Natural Resources
Aug. 2, 2013 Message on Senate action sent to the House.
Aug. 2, 2013 Received in the House.
Aug. 1, 2013 Passed Senate with an amendment by Unanimous Consent. (consideration: CR S6257; text of measure as reported in House: CR S6258; text as passed Senate: CR S6257)
June 27, 2013 Placed on Senate Legislative Calendar under General Orders. Calendar No. 109.
June 27, 2013 Committee on Energy and Natural Resources. Reported by Senator Wyden with an amendment. With written report No. 113-55.
May 16, 2013 Committee on Energy and Natural Resources. Ordered to be reported with an amendment favorably.
April 25, 2013 Committee on Energy and Natural Resources Subcommittee on Public Lands, Forests, and Mining. Hearings held. With printed Hearing: S.Hrg. 113-28.
Feb. 7, 2013 Read twice and referred to the Committee on Energy and Natural Resources. (text of measure as introduced: CR S525)