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Senators reviewing laundry list of bills

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by Nick Delgado

Guam - Lawmakers will be going down the list of bills in the voting file this evening, and one of the measures include helping the Port Authority of Guam meet the requirements of its modernization plan. Bill 333 was introduced by Senator Frank Blas, Jr. after the port learned that its application for the TIGER grant was not favorably considered.

The measure would extend the deadline until June for the port to find another source of funding.  The policymaker said, "Let's see if Washington is going to be able to do this; and I just don't want the actions of this body to be an impediment towards that progress.  We will give you the extension to see if you're going to come to the plate.  If not, then we're going to move forward after June."

The measure received major criticism from Senator Ben Pangelinan, as he is not in favor of the bill.  He said, "We still want to hope, hope, hope.  Hope, hope, hope has not delivered.  I think that we need to put our nose to the grindstone and our shoulder to the wheel and let's move forward."

Also in the voting file is a measure that would ban the use of mobile phones while driving, and a couple of bills that would grant funds to the Department of Education.

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