Bordallo Meets with Assistant Secretary Esther Kia’aina

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Guam – Congresswoman Madeleine Bordallo met with newly confirmed DOI Assistant Secretary for Insular Affairs Esther Kia’aina Friday in Washington.

In a release, Congresswoman Bordallo says she raised a number of issues including:

* prioritizing Compact impact funding in the Interior’s annual budget submission

* providing technical assistance to the territories.

* the need to work with local health insurance companies and consumers to ensure that ObamaCare is implemented in a way that benefits consumers, while addressing the cost concerns of insurance provider.

* the need  for an inter-agency process to make progress on a China visa waiver for Guam

* the need to work with DoD to ensure  continued inter-agency support for investments in civilian infrastructure projects to support the buildup on Guam

Bordallo said she “Esther’s leadership will be critical to addressing these challenges with the federal agencies” and she looks “forward to working with her on issues important to our people.”

READ the release from Congresswoman Bordallo below:

Bordallo Meets with Assistant Secretary Esther Kia’aina
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – July 25, 2014 – Washington, D.C. –

Congresswoman Madeleine Z. Bordallo met with Assistant Secretary Esther Kia’aina to discuss issues important to Guam and the region. Assistant Secretary Kia’aina was confirmed by the Senate on June 26, 2014 to head the Office of Insular Affairs at the U.S. Department of the Interior.

During the meeting, Congresswoman Bordallo raised a number of issues, including prioritizing Compact impact funding in the Interior’s annual budget submission and providing technical assistance to the territories. She raised the concerns of Guam’s insurance providers regarding possible premium increases from the implementation of the Affordable Care Act.  The Congresswoman reiterated the need to work with local policymakers and insurers so that the ACA can be implemented in a way that benefits consumers while addressing concerns raised by insurance providers and stakeholders.

Congresswoman Bordallo also emphasized the need to engage in the interagency process to make progress on extending parole authority to Chinese visitors while addressing security issues. She emphasized the need to expand Guam’s tourism market to mainland China in order to ensure future growth in the visitor industry. The Congresswoman also discussed the upcoming Economic Adjustment Committee meeting and urged Secretary Kia’aina to work with DoD to ensure that there is continued interagency support for investments in civilian infrastructure projects to support the buildup.

“I appreciated the opportunity to meet with Assistant Secretary Kia’aina as she begins her role as the head of the Office of Insular Affairs,” said Congresswoman Bordallo. “There are a number of pressing issues affecting the territories, and Esther’s leadership will be critical to addressing these challenges with the federal agencies. I look forward to working with her on issues important to our people.”