A bill appropriating another $377 million in construction projects for the Guam military buildup is reported out favorably by the House Armed Services committee.
The Fiscal year 2019 National Defense Authorization Act now goes to the full house for consideration. The measure authorizes a total of $639 billion in military spending, with $11 billion of that for DOD construction projects. In a news release, Congresswoman Madeleine Bordallo says the bill extends Guam's exemption from the national H-2B visa cap through fiscal year 2020.
She says it also authorizes a returning worker program that allows H-2B's to re-enter Guam without counting against the cap. Another Bordallo provision would codify in federal law the military's "net-negative" commitment that it will own less land than it started with after the completion of the Marine realignment.