News From Washington, D.C.

April 3, 2008

The Marianas Variety reported that Tan executive, Lynn Knight, is in Washington, D.C. lobbying once again against federalization and a minimum wage increase. Gemma Casa reports:

"Knight, the publisher of Tan Holdings’ Saipan Tribune, was reportedly sent by Gov. Benigno R. Fitial to the nation’s capital but Press Secretary Charles Reyes Jr. yesterday said she is paying for her travel and is in Washington as the representative of the local business sector. Fitial is a former Tan Holdings executive. Variety was told that Knight left on Monday and will be in the U.S. for two weeks. It is her third trip to the nation’s capital so far this year."

Meanwhile, Senator Tom Colburn (R-OK) has decided to hold off on his plans to attach his controversial gun amendment to S. 2739 that is scheduled to move shortly to the Senate Floor. Congressional Quarterly reported today.

"Coburn acknowledged Thursday that supporters have 60 votes to move that bill to the floor without his amendment. But he vowed to bring it up later in the year, along with four other amendments he planned to offer on property rights issues...

The Senate is now expected to bring up the bill when it completes work on housing legislation."