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Bordallo continues probe on funding for Marines relocation

by Sabrina Salas Matanane

Guam - Congressman Madeleine Bordallo continued her probe with military officials regarding funding for the Marines relocation from Okinawa to Guam and efforts to ensure that military ships in need of repair come here as opposed to foreign soil.

During a House Armed Service Committee hearing today on funding for the Navy for Fiscal Year 2015 Congresswoman Madeleine Bordallo highlighted the importance removing restrictions on government of Japan funds for the buildup contained currently in the National Defense Authorization Act.

Marine Corps commandant General James Amos testified that Congress should remove the restrictions placed on the Marine Corps' ability to use the funds already contributed by the government of Japan for the realignment and contained in both the Marine Corps' and Japan's budgets. This funding he said is necessary to build the facilities the Marine Corps' needs on Guam.

"We're actually doing well there's money in the budget all the way out to 2020 and beyond to do this but you're actually right the NDAA is pretty strident with regards to not spending money until we have a comprehensive for Okinawa, Guam the realignment in the Pacific and Hawaii so we're gonna need some help trying to break free from some of those restrictions with Congress to allow us to spend some of the money that's already in our budget and that's in Japan's budget to be able to build the facilities in Guam in an integrated fashion," he said.

Congresswoman Bordallo also stressed the importance to maintain a robust depot-level ship repair facility with dry dock capability on Guam to support readiness in the Asia-Pacific Region. In response chief of naval operations Admiral Jonathan Greenert, committed to moving the ship repair contract along and ensuring that our skilled labor force remains on island.

"I want to and I will do what I can to move the ship repair contract get that going get back up to speed I'm with you we've got to get workers working I don't want to go back all the way to the U.S. it's a long way to do ship repair and I agree we should have a dry dock facility there are soon as feasible. We got to get Big Blue up and certified whatever it takes," he said.

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