Bordallo Blames Delay in Revised Realignment on Senate “Second Guessing”

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Guam – Guam Congresswoman Madeleine Bordallo is blaming the delay in the release of the revised buildup plan on “second guessing” by U.S. Senators Levin, McCain and Webb.

In a release, Bordallo said that Wednesday’s scheduled release of the revised plan was “pushed back in response to a joint letter to Secretary Leon Panetta of the Department of Defense submitted by Senators Carl Levin, John McCain and Jim Webb.”

She called the delay a “setback” although only temporary. But she also called it “another repercussion of the Senate’s continued second-guessing of the realignment strategy” and she said it  “should serve as a reminder of why we must act with a unified and strong ‘One Guam’ 

And Bordallo cautioned “the Senate to tread carefully on issues that are within the jurisdiction of the Japanese government and that are more appropriate for them to answer due to their own domestic politics. “

READ Bordallo’s statement in FULL below:

Statement on the Senate Letter and Delay of Release on the Revised U.S.-Japan Realignment Agreement
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – April 25, 2012 – Washington, D.C. –

Congresswoman Madeleine Z. Bordallo today issued the following statement on the decision to delay the release of the U.S.-Japan Security Consultative Committee statement on revisions to the 2006 Agreed Implementation Plan for the realignment of U.S. Marine Corps Forces in the Pacific.

The release of the agreement has been pushed back in response to a joint letter to Secretary Leon Panetta of the Department of Defense, submitted by Senators Carl Levin, John McCain and Jim Webb. The three Senators remain dissatisfied with build-up negotiations, and expressed concerns about the relocation of Marines from Okinawa to Guam and the decision to delink this part of the realignment from the resolution of a Futenma Replacement Facility.

“This setback, although temporary, is another repercussion of the Senate’s continued second-guessing of the realignment strategy and should serve as a reminder of why we must act with a unified and strong ‘One Guam’ voice,” said Congresswoman Bordallo. “The revised agreement reflects comprehensive negotiations between the U.S. Government and the Government of Japan that were based, in large part, on responding to concerns raised by the Senate. It is important to move forward with the build-up, and this delay is another challenge we face as we try to move forward with the realignment. I urge the Department of Defense, Department of State and other Administration officials to continue to show leadership on this matter and to address the requirements of section 2207.  I would caution the Senate to tread carefully on issues that are within the jurisdiction of the Japanese government and that are more appropriate for them to answer due to their own domestic politics.  We must not lose focus on the greater goal of these realignments that are driven by an Asia-Pacific strategy that will ensure our national security and the security of our ally, Japan.”