Guam – Big changes are ahead in congress for Guam if, as widely predicted, the U.S. House changes hands.
House Committees are likely to be reorganized if Republicans take back control and some experts here predict the Insular Affairs Subcommittee could again disappear.
Republicans dissolved any subcommittee jurisdiction for insular issues from ’97 through 2006.
Guam’s long-serving delegate Madeleine Bordallo has chaired the panel for the last two-years, during this Congress. The full Natural Resources Committee will obviously change hands if the House flips, with top panel Republican Doc Hastings expected to replace Chairman Nick Rahall.
Senate Energy Chair Jeff Bingaman may retain his Chairmanship, but the GOP could still gain enough seats and alliances to effectively control Senate legislation. A GOP House pressed by Tea Party elements is certain to go after federal spending, though Republicans are historically strong on defense and likely to continue to support Guam’s military build-up.