15 Dec 2011

Guam's Congresswoman rejects bill which funds military expansion on Guam

8:06 am on 15 December 2011

Guam Congresswoman, Madeleine Bordallo, has vowed not to support the conference report on the National Defense Authorization Bill which includes funding for the military expansion on Guam.

She said if the bill is passed as is, she will urge President Barack Obama not to sign it.

The House and Senate Conference Committee has reported out a final bill for the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2012, FY12 NDAA.

The bill reconciled the differences between the House and Senate versions of the FY12 NDAA.

The bill provides 83.6 million US dollars to the US Department of Defense for military construction projects on Guam.

The Conference Report does not include authorization of appropriation for 33 million US dollars in funding for civilian infrastructure projects.

Congresswoman Madeleine Bordallo said the bill delays the inevitable investments that are necessary on Guam to support realignment of forces.

She also adds the Conference Committee report lacks support for Guam and military posture in the Asia-Pacific region, and contains mixed results that are troubling to national security.