by Nick Delgado
Guam - As mandated by law, the White House Office of Management and Budget released its report on its plans for sequestration if forced to implement in January. The plan requires $109 billion in across the board cuts over the next decade - it won't be implemented however if Congress submits a deficit reduction plan to stop it. According to the OMB report military construction department-wide will be cut by 9.4%.
"Department of Defense is not committed to what that means for us, but we have been told that military construction projects probably cannot be divvied up by percentages so that's going to be challenge for DOD. We're hopeful for the best, but we really don't know," said Mark Calvo. "The reconciliation between Congress and the Senate on the FY13 budget still has to be done and given that the elections coming up, we're probably going to have a lame duck Congress and Senate so we don't think any movement is going to happen until January, the first of the year and beyond, so sequestration is becoming more and more looming and it looks more of a reality but we don't know what it goings to mean for Guam."
In a previous interview with Congresswoman Madeleine Bordallo she remained optimistic that there congress would reach a resolution to prevent sequestration.