May 8, 2003 – Delegate Donna M. Christensen was present at the White House on Thursday as President Bush signed an executive order re-establishing a working group of federal agencies on territorial issues.
Christensen noted in a release that she had called on the president early in his administration to continue the working group started in the Clinton administration to coordinate the activities of federal agencies as they pertain to the territories.
"This is a very opportune time for the establishment of the Interagency Group on Insular Affairs for both Guam and the Virgin Islands, since both territories are facing financial crises," Christensen said. She said she had made that point to Interior Secretary Gale Norton while urging her "to convene the group as soon as we are prepared to discuss plans to resolve the crises."
The signing was held conjunction with the celebration of Asian Pacific Islander month, the release stated.
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