PRESS RELEASE - Congresswoman Madeleine Z. Bordallo today issued the following statement regarding the release of the Senate's version of the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2012 by the Senate Armed Services Committee. The bill must still be considered by the full Senate and reconciled with the House's version before it is sent to President Obama for his signature.
"The proposed cuts made in the Senate's version of the NDAA are contradictory to the recent positions taken by the Senate which have indicated that infrastructure improvements need to be made on Guam to accommodate the needs of the build-up," said Congresswoman Bordallo. "In order for the build-up to proceed in a timely fashion, the projects that are funded through the Office of Economic Adjustment, which were requested in the President's budget, need to be addressed up front. Portions of this funding will be used for projects contained in the programmatic agreement and have been agreed on by both the DoD and local leaders.
"These efforts go hand in hand and must be taken into consideration-specifically, it would be difficult to reach milestones of infrastructure improvement if the vehicle which seeks to facilitate them is eliminated. Senate language requiring certain certifications may be an impediment to progress and may have a detrimental effect on the timeline of the build-up. Further, it is important to note that this is not yet law and the House and Senate must reconcile their different versions of the bill. The House remains fully supportive of all Military Construction and off-base infrastructure funding for Guam in the House's version of the FY12 NDAA, and I am committed to fighting for these and other provisions which are very important to Guam.
"I am also working to have the Administration and the DoD provide a clear position on these issues."