Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19): Federal Assistance

The Governor’s COVID-19 Task Force and the Commonwealth Healthcare Corporation are working together to protect the safety and health of the CNMI. Residents are encouraged to keep themselves healthy, practice social distancing, and stay informed. 

The Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act, also known as the CARES Act, is a law enacted by President Trump and the US Congress to provide emergency assistance and health care response for individuals, families, and businesses around the US affected by the 2020 COVID-19 pandemic. 

Relief and Resources

There are three main components to the CARES Act that provides direct assistance for residents in the CNMI:

CNMI Office of the Governor

Office of the Governor Response to Dismissal of Lawsuit Filed Against the House Judiciary & Government Operations Committee

Yesterday, the Superior Court held that the Office of the Governor could not proceed with its case against the House Judiciary and Government Operations Committee. Although the Administration respects the decision of the Judge, we believe the decision is erroneous by ignoring and misinterpreting law and precedent. For example, in its rush to follow federal precedent, it skipped right over the plain text of the Commonwealth Constitution. Then it overlooked some of the most important protections found even in the federal cases — such as the rule that the legislature may subpoena the executive only when the information it needs is not reasonably available anywhere else. The decision will be appealed. It will be for the Supreme Court to ultimately decide the merits of this civil case.

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