VIDEO: September, Busy Month in Congress for Guam


Washington D.C. – Congress will reconvene September 9th, after a 5-week recess. But it won’t be pretty,  and it surely won’t be easy. The House is in session for just 9-days next month.

The Government runs out of money on September 30th, the end of the fiscal year,  unless Congress passes new spending bills or a continuing budget resolution.
and a major showdown is already brewing that could shut down the Government, as each side bargains for advantage on everything from Obamacare to jobs spending. 

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The islands, like the states, are caught in the middle,  facing possible impacts to education, health care, national parks, and processing of benefit checks.

And while lawmakers struggle with keeping the Government running, they will try to pass other legislation.

Congresswoman Madeleine Bordallo will continue to push for an Omnibus Territories Bill that includes her war claims legislation, offsets for local compact-impact costs and priority treatment for U.S. citizens for Section 8 housing subsidies.

Passage of the FY 2014 Defense budget bill, the NDAA, is a huge priority for Guam,  and could authorize hundreds of millions for Guam civilian and military infrastructure, if language in the House-passed version is adopted.

Bordallo said in June, the bill puts “real resources” into the rebalancing of U.S. forces to the Asia-Pacific region, including Guam.

BORDALLO: “The bill takes a common sense approach and rolls back restrictive language, that hampers the obligation and the expenditure of the government of  Japan funds, which is positive for our bilateral relationship with the government of Japan.”

The Senate bill does not include civilian projects and may be stalled until after the bigger spending fights.

Among them, Sequestration, Democrats including Bordallo want across-the-board spending cuts ended, while most republicans argue lawmakers won’t make necessary deficit cuts, voluntarily.

Bordallo’s office says if Congress accomplishes little else, ending Sequestration, blamed for some 2-thousand DoD civilian furloughs on Guam, would be an “outstanding outcome.”