Congresswoman Madeleine Bordallo introduced H.R. 3940, which would grant the Secretary of the Interior the ability to provide grants for a political status public education program on Guam. The Congresswoman is the chairwoman of the Subcommittee on Insular Affairs, Oceans, and Wildlife.
She noted, "This bill reaffirms the federal government's responsibility of advancing the political development of the U.S. territories. This bill helps to address political development by providing federal assistance for a political status education program that could be part of a self-determination effort."
A hearing for this bill is scheduled to take place in Washington, DC on Thursday, November 5 in the Subcommittee on Insular Affairs, Oceans, and Wildlife. The Assistant Secretary of the Interior Tony Babauta, Governor Felix Camacho, and Speaker Judith Won Pat are all invited to attend and interested parties may submit testimonies to the Congresswoman's District Office by November 12, 2009, which will be filed for the record.