by Sabrina Salas Matanane
Guam - Congresswoman Madeleine Bordallo will have her work cut out for her as the Senate today passed its version of the 2012 National Defense Authorization Act, leaving in tact the freeze on funding for the Guam realignment and including Arizona John McCain's amendment creating a commission to study the military's force structure in the Asia Pacific region.
The measure still needs to go to conference for reconciliation with the house version of the bill. It's during that time when Bordallo will put on her gloves to fight for Guam funding. She has said the cuts in funding and the senate's efforts to block to the buildup are in contravention to the positions of the White House, State Department, Defense Department and the House.
News from Congresswoman Madeleine Z. Bordallo
Statement on Passage of Senate FY2012 NDAA
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE –December 2, 2011– Washington, D.C. –
Congresswoman Madeleine Z. Bordallo today issued the following statement regarding the passage of S.1867, the Senate version of the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2012. The Senate bill calls for the establishment of a commission to study the U.S. Force posture in East Asia and the Pacific region. The House version of the FY2012 NDAA, H.R. 1540, passed in May 2011. The two bills must now be reconciled in Conference Committee before it is sent to President Obama for his signature.
"The passage of the current version of the Senate NDAA is disappointing, but anticipated," Congresswoman Bordallo said today. "As I have stated, Senator McCain's amendment calling for a commission to study the U.S. force posture in the Pacific and East Asia is unnecessary and may have significant negative implications on our national security. The Obama administration understands the current security environment in our region and the President's recent statement of administration policy reinforces the House's position that we must move forward with the realignment, as agreed to in the Guam International Agreement. The House and Senate versions of the NDAA will now be reconciled in conference committee, and I will work to ensure provisions which are important to Guam are protected."