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House Passes Fiscal Year 2014 NDAA

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In the nation's capitol the House passed H.R.1960, the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA)for Fiscal Year 2014. The measure leaves intact approximately $494.6 million in military construction projects for Guam. Additionally it authorizes $119.4 million for civilian infrastructure needs on Guam, including initial improvements at the Northern District Wastewater Treatment Plant and the Hagatna Wastewater Treatment Plant.

 "This bill works to ensure that our men and women in uniform are well trained and equipped to defend our Nation and its allies. It also provides significant support for the realignment on Guam and rolls back restrictive language that hampers the obligation and expenditure of Government of Japan funds. This defense bill continues the House's consistent position of supporting the realignment of forces in the Asia-Pacific region," stated Guam Congresswoman Madeleine Z. Bordallo.

"Notably, the bill provides our service members with a 1.8 percent increase in pay and rejects the President's proposal to increase TRICARE enrollment fees. Overall, H.R. 1960 includes many important provisions that will strengthen our nation's defense and support our service members and their families. Unfortunately, the bill ignores the impact of sequestration and does nothing to end sequestration which has detrimental effects on the readiness of our military.  Despite this fact, I thank Chairman McKeon and Ranking Member Smith for their efforts in working to develop this important legislation," Bordallo added.

The House vote was 315 yes and 108 no. Next week the Senate Armed Services Committee is scheduled to consider its own version of the defense bill. Both measures will then be reconciled in Conference Committee later this year.

 

Here is a breakdown of the President's budget request and a summary of Congresswoman Bordallo's provisions included in the FY14 NDAA:

 

 

  • Authorizes $119.4 million for civilian infrastructure needs on Guam to include initial improvements at the Northern District Wastewater Treatment Plant and the Hagatna Wastewater Treatment Plant. The funding is a reduction from the FY14 President's Budget request due to the cuts in the FY13 appropriations bill and reflects funding that can be executed in FY14;

  • Fully authorizes for appropriation $494.6 million in military construction funds for Guam including $85.6 million for a USMC aircraft hangar at North Ramp on Andersen AFB which directly supports the realignment of Marines from Okinawa to Guam;

  • Eliminates restrictions on Government of Japan funds for the realignment of Marines from Okinawa to Guam that were put in place as section 2832 of the FY13 NDAA. The provision reaffirms the House of Representative's continued commitment to the realignment and is fiscally prudent;

  • Incorporates a Repair American amendment offered by Congresswoman Bordallo and Congresswoman Hanabusa that closes loopholes used by Military Sealift Command to repair ships overseas and defines voyage repairs so that repairs in foreign yards are truly for emergent requirements;

  • Codifies the role and missions that the National Guard can perform under the State Partnership Program (SPP); Also clarifies the use of National Guard funding to support the SPP and codify that SPP missions must directly support the applicable COCOM commander and be coordinated with the senior Chief of Mission in any particular country;

  • Requires a report from the Department of Defense on details regarding the permanent establishment of a missile defense capability on Guam;

  • Incorporates amendment by Congresswoman Bordallo, Congresswoman Shea-Porter of New Hampshire, Congressman Langevin of Rhode Island, Congressman Mo Brooks of Alabama and Congressman Mike Rogers of Alabama that aligns the Defense Experimental Program to Stimulate Competitive Research (DEPSCoR) program with eligibility requirements set forth by the National Science Foundation DEPSCoR program.  The amendment enacts a change recommended by a 2008 IDA report on the DEPSCoR program.  It would also make the University of Guam eligible for the DEPSCoR program funding;

  • Provides an additional $1.1 million to the Navy O&M accounts to fully fund the requirements of the Navy Sea Cadet Corps program. The Navy Sea Cadet Corps is a critical program that assists the Navy in meeting recruiting goals;

  • Includes a provision urging the Navy to fully fund the Navy Sea Cadet Corps program requirements in future years as an important recruiting tool;

  • Authorizes $128 million for a fully hardened Fuel Systems Hangar at Andersen Air Force Base.  This provision is supported by Chairmen Forbes and Wittman to ensure the Pacific Resiliency program finds the right balance between hardening and dispersal at Andersen AFB.  The provision authorizes additional funds that were not authorized in the FY13 NDAA;

  • Requires governing body for the military Exchange and Commissary system to establish guidelines for identifying fresh meat, poultry, seafood, produce and other sustainable products and also require a goal for procuring additional sustainable products;

  • Department of Navy must report on their investment plan for sustaining and rehabilitating the current Ship Repair Facility on Guam.  As the Navy embarks on a Government-Owned, Contractor-Operated concept for ship repair it is critical to understand the level of investment needed to maintain the capability and timeframe for those investments;

  • Supports current law; provides service members with a 1.8% increase in pay;

  • Bill encompasses a number of initiatives designed to confront sexual assault in the military. It is paramount that we protect those who protect our nation. In particular, it removes the command prerogative and sole discretion of the court-martial convening authority with regard to the findings and sentence of a court-martial, and prohibits the convening authority from dismissing a finding, or from reducing a guilty finding to guilty of a lesser-included offense, except for minor offenses, and established mandatory minimum sentencing;

  • Rejects DoD proposal to increase TRlCARE Prime enrollment fees, pharmacy co-pays, and to establish an enrollment fee for TRlCARE for Life and TRICARE Standard

  • Authorizes high schools in the Freely Associated States (FAS) to establish JROTC programs. The provision would provide students in the FAS with opportunities to train for military service;

  • Supports U.S. Air Force and U.S. Strategic Command efforts to modernize the B-52 long range strike platform to meet current and future missions out of Andersen AFB and until the NextGen bomber program begins procurement;

  • Restricts the retirement of RQ-4 Global Hawk Block 30 aircraft through 2016 and reaffirms the Committee's continued support for this critical ISR asset.

 

Fiscal Year 2014 Military Construction Authorization of Appropriation

 

NAVY

 

     Joint Region Marianas

 

     Aircraft Maintenance Hangar - North Ramp

              85,673,000

     BAMS Forward Operational & Maintenance Hangar

              61,702,000

     Dehumidified Supply Storage Facility

              17,170,000

     Emergent Repair Facility Expansion

              35,860,000

     Modular Storage Magazines

              63,382,000

     Sierra Wharf Improvements

                1,170,000

     X-Ray Wharf Improvements

              53,420,000

         Total Navy

  $        318,377,000

 

 

AIR FORCE

 

     Joint Region Marianas

 

     PAR - Fuel Sys Hardened Bldgs

              20,000,000

     PAR - Strike Tactical Missile Mxs Facility

              10,530,000

     PAR - Tanker GP Mx Hangar/AMU/Sqd Ops

            132,600,000

     PRTC RED HORSE Airfield Operations Facility

                8,500,000

     PRTC SF Fire Rescue & Emergency Mgt

                4,600,000

        Total Air Force

  $        176,230,000

        TOTAL Guam

  $        494,607,000

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