Bordallo on President Trump’s State of the Union address

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Former Guam representative to Congress Madeleine Bordallo has criticized current Guam congressman Michael San Nicolas’ announcement of a planned Guam Liberation commemoration event to be celebrated in Congress.

Washington, D.C. – President Trump is expected to highlight in his State of the Union address his successes and agenda, from tax reform to strengthening the nation’s borders, to military and repealing the Affordable Care Act.

Guam Del. Madeleine Bordallo says military, infrastructure spending, taxes and immigration will get much of her attention, but security must come first.

“So, I’m especially interested to hear how the president plans to deal with the threat that North Korea poses to our national security and I hope that he will specifically outline how our country will engage diplomatically with countries in the region,” Bordallo noted of Trump’s first State of the Union address in light of the war of words Trump’s engaged in with North Korea’s leader Kim Jong Un.

Bordallo says the president’s tax plan is also a major concern for Guam even though Trump is expected to cite enactment of sweeping tax reform as a huge accomplishment.

“The governor has estimated that the GOP tax plan will reduce revenues by about $60 million and I warned the governor and the speaker in April of last year to keep vigilant on the impact tax reform would have on our community,” the congresswoman said.

Bordallo will also be listening for details on the president’s ideas to boost spending on the nation’s aging roads, bridges, ports and airports.

“Now I will fight to ensure that investment includes funding for the territories as we consider any legislative proposal from the administration. We also have a significant labor challenge that will rely on foreign labor. The governor, I think, had talked to the president, and he said he was going to help us on that,” recalled Bordallo.

Bordallo won H-2B visa relief for Guam in the 2018 National Defense Authorization Act, but she argues more is needed. Senate negotiators in Washington limited new visas to workers on military projects, excluding hospital staff, like nurses.

Trump, meantime, is proposing a mix of federal, state, local and private investment for infrastructure. The president plans to ask Congress in his budget for $200 billion in seed money to leverage a $1.7 trillion effort.