Bordallo: Omnibus Appropriations Bill Maintains Guam Funding

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Guam – Congresswoman Madeleine Bordallo has announced that the Omnibus budget agreement in H.R. Bill 3547 “maintains significant funding”  authorized in the 2014 NDAA.

H.R. 3547 was passed by the U.S. House Wednesday by a vote of 359 to 67.  It will soon be considered by the U.S. Senate. 

In a release, Bordallos says  “the bill builds on the progress we made in the Defense authorization bill and provides clear direction to the Department of Defense to move forward with military construction projects on Guam. It further affirms our commitment to the overall rebalance strategy to the Asia-Pacific region.”  

However she expressed concern that “the bill cuts $3 million from the Office of Insular Affair’s technical assistance account. Technical assistance grants provide much needed assistance to the territories for a variety of projects, including in areas of public health, safety, and education.”  

Highlights:

* Provides DoD with authority for civilian infrastructure projects through the Office of Economic Adjustment, as well as a provision from Congresswoman Bordallo to provide an additional $1.1 million in funding for the Sea Cadet Corps.

* $481,507,000 for military construction projects in Guam.
-$85.6 million for the construction of a Marine Corps hangar
-$163.1 million for selective hardening and dispersal of assets at Andersen Air Force Base.

*$85,976,000 for the territories through the DOI’s Office of Insular Affairs.
-$14.5 million for technical assistance to the territories
-$3.5 million for brown tree snake eradication efforts
-$1 million for coral reef initiatives.


Fiscal Year 2014 Military Construction Appropriations 


READ the release from Congresswoman Bordallo below:

News from Congresswoman Madeleine Z. Bordallo
Omnibus Appropriations Bill Maintains Guam Funding

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – January 16, 2014 – Washington, D.C. –
Congresswoman Madeleine Z. Bordallo today announced that the omnibus budget agreement reached between House and Senate appropriators maintains significant funding contained in Public Law 113-67, the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2014. The bill, H.R. 3547, passed the House by of vote of 359 yeas to 67 noes. It will now be considered by the U.S. Senate.

The bill appropriates $481,507,000 for military construction projects in Guam. This includes $85.6 million for the construction of a Marine Corps hangar that directly supports the realignment and $163.1 million for selective hardening and dispersal of assets at Andersen Air Force Base. The bill also provides DoD with authority for civilian infrastructure projects through the Office of Economic Adjustment, as well as a provision from Congresswoman Bordallo to provide an additional $1.1 million in funding for the Sea Cadet Corps.

The bill also contains $85,976,000 for assistance to the territories through the Department of the Interior’s Office of Insular Affairs. This includes $14.5 million for technical assistance to the territories, $3.5 million for brown tree snake eradication efforts, and $1 million for coral reef initiatives.

“The omnibus appropriations package agreed to by House and Senate appropriators maintains significant funding for Guam contained in the FY14 NDAA,” said Congresswoman Bordallo. “The bill builds on the progress we made in the Defense authorization bill and provides clear direction to the Department of Defense to move forward with military construction projects on Guam. It further affirms our commitment to the overall rebalance strategy to the Asia-Pacific region.

I also appreciate that appropriators provided strong funding for assistance to the territories through the Department of the Interior’s Office of Insular Affairs. I am concerned, however, that the bill cuts $3 million from the Office of Insular Affair’s technical assistance account. Technical assistance grants provide much needed assistance to the territories for a variety of projects, including in areas of public health, safety, and education. While the budget agreement is not perfect, it provides fiscal stability to federal agencies, and it avoids another government shutdown. I look forward to the Senate passing this bill so we can fund our government for the remainder of fiscal year 2014.”