Bordallo: $128M for Guam in FY ’15 NDAA

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Guam – Congresswoman Madeleine Bordallo has announed that the house Armed Services Committee [HASC] has passed the “National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2015” [NDAA]  by a vote of 61 to 0. 

 

The bill authorizes $128 million in military construction projects for Guam in FY15.  [see chart below]

Among the other highlits in the measure:

*  Eliminates current restrictions on obligation and expenditure of Government of Japan and certain U.S. military construction funds for projects related to the realignment of Marines from Okinawa to Guam. These restriction were enacted as section 2822 of the FY14 NDAA;

* Requires the Departments of Defense and State, in consolation with other federal entities, to develop a strategy and implementation plan to support and sustain the rebalance to the Asia-Pacific region.

* Requires the Secretary of Defense to establish a program to eradicate the coconut rhinoceros beetle from military installations in Guam and Hawaii within existing INRMPs;

H.R. 4435 now moves on to the full House for further action.

 

READ the release from Congresswoman Bordallo below:

House Armed Service Committee Approves FY15 NDAA
Bill Moves to Full House for Consideration

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – May 8, 2014 – Washington, D.C. –

Congresswoman Madeleine Z. Bordallo today announced that the House Armed Services Committee has passed H.R. 4435, the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2015 by a vote of 61 yeas to 0 noes. H.R. 4435 authorizes and sets policy for the Department of Defense for fiscal year 2015. The bill now moves to the full House of Representatives for further consideration.

The FY15 NDAA authorizes $521.3 billion in spending for national defense and an additional $79.4 billion for the Overseas Contingency Operations (OCO) account.  The bill supports current law and mandates an automatic 1.8% increase in military pay.  The bill also requires the Department of Defense to consult with outside experts on how to find efficiencies with the Commissary and Exchange network.

In addition to the provisions detailed below, H.R. 4435 contains a provision sponsored by Congresswoman Bordallo that would repeal the remaining restrictions on the use of Government of Japan and certain U.S. military construction funds for projects related to the Marine Corps realignment to Guam. She also included a provision that would require the Departments of Defense and State, in consultation with all relevant Departments and agencies, to develop a strategy and implementation plan to support and sustain the rebalance to the Asia-Pacific region. The strategy and implementation would help to make the rebalance strategy endure into the future and is based off similar efforts in the 1990s.

Congresswoman Bordallo also supported a provision that would freeze for one year force structure cuts to the National Guard and require a report to assess the feasibility of any cuts. Specifically the report should contain assessments of the force structure model, cost analysis models, and manning levels, and a comparison of operational readiness.

“Today the House Armed Service Committee continued our tradition of ensuring that our men and women in uniform have the resources they need to carry out their missions across the globe,” said Congresswoman Bordallo. “The FY15 NDAA builds on progress made last year in moving forward with the rebalance to the Asia-Pacific region, including a provision to remove the remaining restrictions imposed by the Senate in FY 2014 to allow the DoD to use Government of Japan and U.S. funds for build-up specific projects on Guam. The bill also fully authorizes the $128 million appropriated for FY15 for military construction projects in Guam, and it will require the Departments of Defense and State to develop a strategy and implementation plan to support and sustain the rebalance to the Asia-Pacific region. These actions clearly demonstrate our country’s commitment to the rebalance, and it will help to reassure our allies that we are committed to this strategy.

“I am concerned, however, with the cuts made to the operations and maintenance account, which I believe will impact our military’s readiness and our ability respond to actions across the globe. It is our responsibility to ensure our men and women who serve have the necessary resources to dominate in any operational environment. It is unfortunate that Republicans chose the path of least resistance in this year’s defense budget and did not make the difficult decisions needed to address these critical issues in our national defense.

“Despite the bill’s shortcomings, this year’s NDAA makes important investments in our services that will ensure our country’s long-term security. I encourage my colleagues to support this bill when it is considered by the full House later this month.”

A table of the President’s budget request and a summary of Congresswoman Bordallo’s requested and supported provisions included in the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2015 are listed below:

* Fully authorizes for appropriation $128 million in military construction funds for Guam, including $51 million to support steps to establish a fully capable Marine Air-Ground Task Force on Guam;
  
*  Eliminates current restrictions on obligation and expenditure of Government of Japan and certain U.S. military construction funds for projects related to the realignment of Marines from Okinawa to Guam. These restriction were enacted as section 2822 of the FY14 NDAA;

*  Requires the Departments of Defense and State, in consolation with other federal entities, to develop a strategy and implementation plan to support and sustain the rebalance to the Asia-Pacific region. Specifically, the report will require the DoD and State to outline the broad strategic goals of the United States in its rebalance to the Asia-Pacific region.  More importantly it will require OMB to identify key programs or areas in the budget that could support strategic objectives, and develop guidelines for how to prioritize funding in future fiscal years to support the Asia-Pacific rebalance strategy.
  
* Require a report from the Secretary of the Army in consultation with the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff regarding the deployment of THAAD to Guam.  In particular, the report would seek greater clarity on the force structure needed to sustain a permanent THAAD presence on Guam;

* Requires the Secretary of Defense to establish a program to eradicate the coconut rhinoceros beetle from military installations in Guam and Hawaii within existing INRMPs;
  
* Provides for a one year freeze, during FY15, of force structure cuts to the National Guard and require a report to assess the feasibility of any cuts. Specifically the report should contain assessments of the force structure model, cost analysis models, and manning levels, and a comparison of operational readiness;
  
*  Authorizes the Chief of the National Guard Bureau to appoint, in consultation with the Secretary of the Army and Secretary of the Air Force, the general officers who will serve as Director and Deputy Director of the Army and Air National Guard; an important step to fulfilling the intent of the Guard Empowerment Act by giving the Chief of the National Guard Bureau with the tools to support Joint Chiefs requirements;
  
* Clarifies when military personnel could be used for functions that are currently being performed by civilian or contractor personnel. Also requires that any insufficiently military essential position being converted to a military personnel billet would require direct linkage to the Military Occupational Skill as well as a cost-benefit analysis;
  
* Requires a report from the Commander, U.S. Pacific Command in consultation with Commander, Pacific Air Forces and Chief, National Guard Bureau about force structure of tanker and airlift assets in the Pacific as well as support for training missions and requirements in the Asia-Pacific region;

* Rejects all cuts to the TRICARE program and housing allowances contained in the President’s Budget

* Requires a report from the Under Secretary of Defense for Acquisition, Technology and Logistics regarding the feasibility of establishing public-private housing ventures (PPV) on Guam;
  
*  Fully funds Research, Development, Tests and Evaluation of the Long Range Strike bomber program which is critical to our rebalance strategy and maintaining air dominance;
  
*  Provides additional $1.148 million for the Navy Sea Cadet Corps program;

*  Fully funds the Global Hawk Block 30 program  

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House Armed Service Committee Approves FY15 NDAA

Bill Moves to Full House for Consideration

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – May 8, 2014 – Washington, D.C. –

 

Congresswoman Madeleine Z. Bordallo today announced that the House Armed Services Committee has passed H.R. 4435, the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2015 by a vote of 61 yeas to 0 noes. H.R. 4435 authorizes and sets policy for the Department of Defense for fiscal year 2015. The bill now moves to the full House of Representatives for further consideration.

 

The FY15 NDAA authorizes $521.3 billion in spending for national defense and an additional $79.4 billion for the Overseas Contingency Operations (OCO) account.  The bill supports current law and mandates an automatic 1.8% increase in military pay.  The bill also requires the Department of Defense to consult with outside experts on how to find efficiencies with the Commissary and Exchange network.

 

In addition to the provisions detailed below, H.R. 4435 contains a provision sponsored by Congresswoman Bordallo that would repeal the remaining restrictions on the use of Government of Japan and certain U.S. military construction funds for projects related to the Marine Corps realignment to Guam. She also included a provision that would require the Departments of Defense and State, in consultation with all relevant Departments and agencies, to develop a strategy and implementation plan to support and sustain the rebalance to the Asia-Pacific region. The strategy and implementation would help to make the rebalance strategy endure into the future and is based off similar efforts in the 1990s.

 

Congresswoman Bordallo also supported a provision that would freeze for one year force structure cuts to the National Guard and require a report to assess the feasibility of any cuts. Specifically the report should contain assessments of the force structure model, cost analysis models, and manning levels, and a comparison of operational readiness.

 

“Today the House Armed Service Committee continued our tradition of ensuring that our men and women in uniform have the resources they need to carry out their missions across the globe,” said Congresswoman Bordallo. “The FY15 NDAA builds on progress made last year in moving forward with the rebalance to the Asia-Pacific region, including a provision to remove the remaining restrictions imposed by the Senate in FY 2014 to allow the DoD to use Government of Japan and U.S. funds for build-up specific projects on Guam. The bill also fully authorizes the $128 million appropriated for FY15 for military construction projects in Guam, and it will require the Departments of Defense and State to develop a strategy and implementation plan to support and sustain the rebalance to the Asia-Pacific region. These actions clearly demonstrate our country’s commitment to the rebalance, and it will help to reassure our allies that we are committed to this strategy. 

 

“I am concerned, however, with the cuts made to the operations and maintenance account, which I believe will impact our military’s readiness and our ability respond to actions across the globe. It is our responsibility to ensure our men and women who serve have the necessary resources to dominate in any operational environment. It is unfortunate that Republicans chose the path of least resistance in this year’s defense budget and did not make the difficult decisions needed to address these critical issues in our national defense.

 

“Despite the bill’s shortcomings, this year’s NDAA makes important investments in our services that will ensure our country’s long-term security. I encourage my colleagues to support this bill when it is considered by the full House later this month.”

 

A table of the President’s budget request and a summary of Congresswoman Bordallo’s requested and supported provisions included in the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2015 are listed below:

 

  • Fully authorizes for appropriation $128 million in military construction funds for Guam, including $51 million to support steps to establish a fully capable Marine Air-Ground Task Force on Guam;
  • Eliminates current restrictions on obligation and expenditure of Government of Japan and certain U.S. military construction funds for projects related to the realignment of Marines from Okinawa to Guam. These restriction were enacted as section 2822 of the FY14 NDAA;
  • Requires the Departments of Defense and State, in consolation with other federal entities, to develop a strategy and implementation plan to support and sustain the rebalance to the Asia-Pacific region. Specifically, the report will require the DoD and State to outline the broad strategic goals of the United States in its rebalance to the Asia-Pacific region.  More importantly it will require OMB to identify key programs or areas in the budget that could support strategic objectives, and develop guidelines for how to prioritize funding in future fiscal years to support the Asia-Pacific rebalance strategy. 
  • Require a report from the Secretary of the Army in consultation with the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff regarding the deployment of THAAD to Guam.  In particular, the report would seek greater clarity on the force structure needed to sustain a permanent THAAD presence on Guam;
  • Requires the Secretary of Defense to establish a program to eradicate the coconut rhinoceros beetle from military installations in Guam and Hawaii within existing INRMPs;
  • Provides for a one year freeze, during FY15, of force structure cuts to the National Guard and require a report to assess the feasibility of any cuts. Specifically the report should contain assessments of the force structure model, cost analysis models, and manning levels, and a comparison of operational readiness;
  • Authorizes the Chief of the National Guard Bureau to appoint, in consultation with the Secretary of the Army and Secretary of the Air Force, the general officers who will serve as Director and Deputy Director of the Army and Air National Guard; an important step to fulfilling the intent of the Guard Empowerment Act by giving the Chief of the National Guard Bureau with the tools to support Joint Chiefs requirements;
  • Clarifies when military personnel could be used for functions that are currently being performed by civilian or contractor personnel. Also requires that any insufficiently military essential position being converted to a military personnel billet would require direct linkage to the Military Occupational Skill as well as a cost-benefit analysis;
  • Requires a report from the Commander, U.S. Pacific Command in consultation with Commander, Pacific Air Forces and Chief, National Guard Bureau about force structure of tanker and airlift assets in the Pacific as well as support for training missions and requirements in the Asia-Pacific region;

·         Rejects all cuts to the TRICARE program and housing allowances contained in the President’s Budget 

  • Requires a report from the Under Secretary of Defense for Acquisition, Technology and Logistics regarding the feasibility of establishing public-private housing ventures (PPV) on Guam;
  • Fully funds Research, Development, Tests and Evaluation of the Long Range Strike bomber program which is critical to our rebalance strategy and maintaining air dominance;
  • Provides additional $1.148 million for the Navy Sea Cadet Corps program;
  • Fully funds the Global Hawk Block 30 program.