Guam - Congresswoman Madeleine Bordallo held a joint teleconference with Governor Eddie Calvo and Navy Undersecretary Robert Work as the 2+2 press conference wrapped up.
According to Governor Calvo he's confident the military buildup will occur on Guam and is preparing to send letters to members of Congress in both the House and Senate stressing the importance of including socio–economic improvement projects in the final version of the National Defense Authorization Act.
"No matter what the buildup ends up being or how long it takes, there will be an impact to this island," We still need Congress to begin paying for the required preparations for a buildup. The Defense Department recognizes this, and so does Congresswoman Bordallo."
Meanwhile as part of the teleconference issues involving the status of granting visa-waivers to China and Russia according to Calvo in light of the expected delays in buildup construction projects, the waiver will provide economic relief to the island. "We understand the buildup timelines were adjusted to make them more workable. I'm hoping our friends in Washington can adjust this policy to make our economy more viable."
The governor is hoping to meet with Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano, when he travels to Washington, DC next month.