by Mindy Aguon
Guam - There's debate in the U.S. Senate about a trillion-dollar spending bill introduced by Democrats. Arizona senator John McCain took issue with many of the thousands of earmarks, including some specific to Guam.
Among those were $5 million for tropical and subtropical research, $400,000 for agriculture development in the American Pacific, $800,000 for Apra Harbor strategic port infrastructure improvements for the military buildup, $125,000 for fishery equipment for the Guam Fishermen's Co-Op and $778,000 for the Guam National Guard to plan and design an assembly hall and family support center.
According to wire reports, Senator McCain said the current spending bill is "shameful". Senators may vote as soon as Thursday, but some lawmakers are adamant about the cutting the deficit.