Bordallo: $768M in Spending for Guam in Obama’s FY 14 Budget to “Bolster” Island as Strategic Hub

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Washington D.C. – Congresswoman Madeleine Bordallo is highlighting $768 million dollars in Federal spending for Guam in President Obama’s 2014 federal budget.

The money is meant to “bolster” Guam as a “Strategic Hub” in the western Pacific.

Of that $768 million dollars in proposed spending, Bordallo says that $273.3 million would be for infrastructure upgrades to the island’s waste water treatment plants. Those funds would come from the Department of Defense’s Office of Economic Adjustment.

Breakdown of $273.3M for improvements to wastewater infrastructure:

* $246 million for upgrades to the Northern District Wastewater Treatment Plant (NDWWTP)

* $19.8 million for critical wastewater collection system deficiencies

*  $7.5 million technical support and project development  

Congresswoman Bordallo also says the President has asked for another $89  million to support Guam, the territories and the Freely Associated States, including an additional $3 million to mitigate the impacts of the Compacts.

This amount includes $4 million for brown tree snake control on Guam and $1 million to assist with coral reef conservation efforts.

READ Congresswoman Bordallo’s release below:

Statement on President’s FY14 Budget Proposal; $768M in Investments to Bolster Guam as Strategic Hub

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – April 10, 2013 – Washington, D.C. – Congresswoman Madeleine Z. Bordallo today issued the following statement on the release of President Obama’s budget proposal for Fiscal Year 2014. The President’s proposal reflects an attempt to grow the economy, create jobs, and strengthen the middle class; it also includes measures to reduce the deficit in a balanced way. Of particular importance to Guam are significant investments in funding to develop Guam as a strategic hub in the Asia-Pacific region with almost $500 million in military construction funding. Below is a chart that details the funding levels for each project.

Additionally, the President’s budget requests $273.3 million in civilian infrastructure funding through the Department of Defense’s Office of Economic Adjustment with $246 million for upgrades to the Northern District Wastewater Treatment Plant (NDWWTP); $19.8 million for critical wastewater collection system deficiencies; and $7.5 million technical support and project development.

The President also requests $88.976 million in current appropriations to support Guam, the territories and the Freely Associated States, including an additional $3 million to mitigate the impacts of the Compacts. This amount also includes $4 million for brown tree snake control on Guam and $1 million to assist with coral reef conservation efforts.

“In light of continued threats of aggression from North Korea, I am encouraged that President Obama’s budget proposal continues to demonstrate his Administration’s commitment to strengthening our military and diplomatic presence in the Asia-Pacific region,” said Congresswoman Bordallo. “His proposal would provide $495 million in investments in military construction on Guam and Joint Region Marianas, and more than $273 million for civilian infrastructure funding through the DoD’s Office of Economic Adjustment. The Administration’s request shows it remains committed to the Guam realignment and I will work hard to fight for these critical investments.  Guam has always been a strategic hub for our military, and this budget request builds off the progress of the previous year in realigning military forces in the Pacific.

The President’s budget proposal would also help to address the impacts of Compact migration on Guam and other affected jurisdictions by providing an additional $3 million in discretionary funding for Compact-impact aid over the annual $17.5 million in mandatory funding for Guam. I will continue to review the full details of the President’s budget submission, and I will work with my colleagues to protect funding for Guam and ensure that our island has the resources it needs to protect our families, strengthen our economy and improve the quality of life for all those living in our communities.”