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Details of compromise NDAA revealed

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by Sabrina Salas Matanane

Guam - It appears a compromise has been met as members of the House of Representatives and the Senate Armed Services Committee have reached an agreement on the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2014.

In a statement from Congresswoman Madeleine Bordallo, she says it's unfortunate that the senate could not complete floor consideration of their version of the defense bill adding "but passing a defense authorization bill is critical for our military readiness and our commitments abroad. Although an agreement has been reached, the compromise bill has a ways to go. The NDAA is considered a "must pass" bill so I hope that any issues can be worked out by the house and senate leaders in the next few days as time is running out."

The compromise NDAA is expected to further loosen restrictions on the Guam realignment language. It will further allow government of Japan funds to be used for a site improvement project at north ramp which is estimated at about $114 million along with allowing unlimited use of Japan funds for planning and design. The bill further authorizes $86 million for A Marine Corps hangar directly related to the Marines. The compromise NDAA is set to support the Pacific Airpower Resiliency Program at Andersen and also funds Guam military construction projects contained in the House NDAA.

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