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Governor preps for DC trip

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by Michele Catahay

Guam - Governor Eddie Calvo will be heading to Washington, DC tomorrow where he will focus on areas like the military buildup and other issues that need to be addressed by the federal government. "There's areas such as the ARRA funding with Department of Education, there's areas in working with the Department of Commerce and state in regards to creating a free trade and also with homeland security in the visa waiver program. So there's assorted issues we're dealing with then it comes to the federal government," said Calvo.

Senators Rory Respicio, Judi Guthertz and Frank Blas, Jr. will join Calvo in DC where they're expected to discuss the military buildup and the needs for Guam.  In his Weekly Radio Address, Governor Calvo talked about how his chief policy advisor has been speaking with the Navy for the last few weeks, discussing the draft Programmatic Agreement.

Just last week, the governor said he received the Pagat Village promise in writing in the draft PA, which not only secures the promise of 24/7 access, but they also negotiated language that takes Pagat Village and caves out of the firing range footprint. He says the Navy also agreed to fully fund a cultural repository facility.

"We've been very clear from the very beginning and I talk about the administration working with the SHPO that we want to protect the historical sites. We want to make sure there's 24/7 access and there's adequate funding for a repository. We believe we have that language in the Programmatic Agreement," he added.

In the meantime, the governor is expected to return to island on March 6.

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