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Senator Nelson Enhancing Guam’s Federal Partnership

Hagåtña, Guam – To elevate the voices of the People of Guam and enhance federal partnership, the Oversight Chair of Federal and Foreign Relations issued letters to recently appointed deputies of the Biden administration overseeing U.S. territories and Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders.

President Joe Biden earlier in April announced the appointments of deputies relative to the interests of Guam and U.S. territories. The appointments included Gretchen Sierra Zorita to serve as Deputy Director for Puerto Rico and the Territories in the White House Office of Intergovernmental Affairs and Erika L. Moritsugu as Deputy Assistant to the President and Asian American and Pacific Islander Senior Liaison.

Sierra Zorita has worked to bring attention to the challenges of the territories in Washington D.C. and was formerly on the Board of Directors for Equally American, an advocate for the equality and representation of citizens living in the territories. Moritsugu, a former member of the Obama administration, has served as the Vice President for the National Partnership for Women & Families and comes from a career spent fighting for social justice and the empowerment of communities and individuals.

In her letters to the officials, who will advocate for the continued partnership between U.S. Territories and the White House, Senator Telena Cruz Nelson congratulated the appointees and briefly recounted Guam’s participation in national endeavors. Senator Nelson expressed the island’s quest for full voting rights and equal representation in federal government, and increased availability of the full benefits in certain federal grants and programs, including Medicaid and Supplemental Security Income.

“With the joint effort of our federal partners, we can achieve larger strides towards national progress,” wrote Senator Nelson, who prioritized the introduction of legislation to address the island’s opioid crisis and to support the elimination of the federal cap on Medicaid funding for residents of the territories.

“These are steps towards larger endeavors we are actively pursuing,” Nelson said. “We are thankful to have leaders at the federal level who share similar experiences to those of us living in the U.S. territories and Pacific region. With their vital voices, we look forward to strengthened advocacy for our people and progress that positively advances our challenges on Guam.”


For more information, please contact Tihu Lujan at The Office of Senator Telena

Cruz Nelson at (671) 989-7696 or

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