Guam – Guam Congresswoman Madeleine Bordallo is encouraged that the Senate Armed Services Committee has restored funding for the fuel pipeline from Naval Base Guam to Andersen Air Force Base in its version of the 2013 NDAA.
However, in a release, she expresses disappointment that the Committee linked the funding to the delivery of the buildup master plan from DoD.
“The pipeline … needs to be modernized,” states Bordallo in her release and , “it is critical that the Department of Defense meet those requirements as soon as possible.”
The Congresswoman also expressed disappointment that the Armed Service’s bill maintains the restrictions on the use of Government of Japan funds for the Guam buildup.
Bordallo states that it is her hope that “the Senate-requested independent assessment will endorse the laydown proposed in the revised realignment agreement so that we can finally get this build-up back on track.”
The 2013 NDAA now heads to a vote before the full Senate.
A House-Senate conference committee will then hammer out the final version of the 2013 NDAA which then must be approved by both chambers. Only then will Guam know how much funding has been approved for construction projects on island next year. That may not happen until the 4th quarter of this year.
READ Congresswoman Bordallo’s release in FULL below:
Statement on the Senate Armed Services Committee Mark-up of the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2013
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – May 24, 2012 – Washington, D.C. –
Congresswoman Madeleine Z. Bordallo today issued the following statement in response to the Senate Armed Services Committee’s completion of the mark-up for its version of the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2013. The full text of the bill has not been made public; however, Chairman Carl Levin and Ranking Member John McCain held a press conference today to address some the most important provisions included in their mark. The bill now heads to the full Senate for further consideration. No date has been agreed upon by Senate leadership on when the bill might receive consideration.
“Although I am encouraged that the Senate Armed Services Committee has included authorization for the upgraded fuel pipeline project from Andersen Air Force Base to Naval Base Guam, I am disappointed that this provision is contingent on certain reports that will be due to Congress,” said Congresswoman Bordallo. “The pipeline, as currently designed, is a single point of failure and needs to be modernized to meet current and future requirements. There have been numerous hurdles in moving forward with this military build-up on Guam, and the section 2207 requirements have added more red tape to this process. It is critical that the Department of Defense meet those requirements as soon as possible.
“Further, it is unfortunate that the Senate bill seems to continue a provision into Fiscal Year 2013 that restricts Government of Japan funding from being obligated or spent. Along those lines, it is my hope that the Senate-requested independent assessment will endorse the laydown proposed in the revised realignment agreement so that we can finally get this build-up back on track.”