H.R. 5889, To designate the facility of the United States Postal Service located at 1 Chalan Kanoa VLG in Saipan, Northern Mariana Islands, as the "Segundo T. Sablan and CNMI Fallen Military Heroes Post Office Building”

H.R. 5889

To designate the facility of the United States Postal Service located at 1 Chalan Kanoa VLG in Saipan, Northern Mariana Islands, as the "Segundo T. Sablan and CNMI Fallen Military Heroes Post Office Building”

Sponsor
Rep. Gregorio Sablan

Date
September 20, 2016 (114th Congress, 2nd Session)

Staff Contact
Communications

Floor Situation

On­­­­ Tuesday, September 20, 2016, the House will consider H.R. 5889, to designate the facility of the United States Postal Service located at 1 Chalan Kanoa VLG in Saipan, Northern Mariana Islands, as the “Segundo T. Sablan and CNMI Fallen Military Heroes Post Office Building,” under suspension of the rules. H.R. 5889 was introduced on July 14, 2016, by Rep. Gregorio Kilili Camacho Sablan (D-MP-AL) and was referred to the Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, which ordered the bill reported by unanimous consent on September 15, 2016.

Bill Summary

H.R. 5889 designates the facility of the United States Postal Service located at 1 Chalan Kanoa VLG in Saipan, Northern Mariana Islands, as the “Segundo T. Sablan and CNMI Fallen Military Heroes Post Office Building.”

Background

Each year, the Northern Mariana Islands Commonwealth community pays tribute to its fallen patriots in a simple yet solemn Memorial Day ceremony at the CNMI Veterans Cemetery. Overall, the community has a long and dedicated history of honoring all of its veteran community for their service to this nation. Most notably, Mr. Segundo T. Sablan was a World War II veteran who, after his service, was appointed as U.S. Postmaster for Saipan in 1951. He served in this capacity for ten years.[1]

Mr. Sablan’s devotion to his appointed duties as Postmaster was clearly exhibited by the fact he was willing to his own home as a makeshift post office after typhoons devastated postal buildings in two separate incidents. In addition to honoring Mr. Sablan’s service, the new post office name would help commemorate all the native men and women who sacrificed their lives to defend the both the United States and the Northern Mariana Islands throughout past conflicts.[2]

According to the bill’s sponsor, “Dedicating the post office in honor of Mr. Sablan and our military heroes ensures they will not be forgotten.”[3]

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[1] See Rep. Sablan’s Press Release, “Post office name honors fallen heroes, first Postmaster.”
[2] Id.
[3] Id.

Cost

A Congressional Budget Office (CBO) estimate for this bill is currently unavailable.

Additional Information

For questions or further information please contact John Wilson with the House Republican Policy Committee by email or at 6-1811.