GOP lawmakers are asking Congresswoman Madeleine Z. Bordallo questions about issues affecting Guam’s federal funding since President Barack Obama recently released his 2010 budget proposal which targets $33 million for civilian infrastructure projects and $367 million for military construction projects, but which cut millions more for Guam.
The Guam Legislature’s Republican minority, via a letter, expressed their concerns to Bordallo about the recent visit by the Government Accountability Office which was tasked to study the impact of the Compact of Free Association.
Senator Frank Blas Jr. gave the visiting delegation a $501 million figure which he claims the U.S. government owes Guam in reimbursements for migrants who use government of Guam services.
The GAO is expected to complete its findings in September of this year.
The lawmakers asked Bordallo about her immediate plan of action or what steps she intends to take to address these issues.
Senators shared with Bordallo that they have already asked Governor Eddie Baza Calvo to not sign or commit to signing the Programmatic Agreement with the Department of Defense until commitments are given in writing to resolve uncompleted issues that include reimbursement for Compact Impact costs.
“We firmly believe that a timely resolution for many long-standing issues impacting our island is necessary to make Guam whole with the buildup,” wrote the lawmakers.
“At the same time, we recognize the potential economic growth that could occur. However, economic growth represents just one issue and should not and cannot be overshadowed by other equally important matters currently impacting our island,” they said.