Guam – Guam Senator Frank Blas Jr. is calling on Congresswoman Madeleine Bordallo to assist in his efforts at getting copies of the Department of Interior’s reports on the impacts of the Compact of Free Association that are supposed to be submitted annually to Congress.
In his letter Senator Blas writes that he has written to Assistant DOI Secretary for Insular Affairs [Tony Babauta] requesting copies of the reports. “This has been my third request to the Department of Interior over the last five years for these reports,” write Blas, but “I have yet to receive a single copy.”
In his letter, Blas writes to Bordallo that he is “sure that you too would appreciate these reports as the information can be used to assist in your efforts to reduce or eliminate the adverse consequences caused by the impact of the Compacts.”
He asks Bordallo to make an effort “to ensure that the annual report is being prepared by the Interior Secretary and that the reports is being submitted to Congress as mandated by law.”
Blas also states that he hopes the Congresswoman recognizes “that there is a correlation between our island’s unemployment rate and the federal government’s continuous failure to adequately reimburse the government of Guam for its Compact impact costs.”