Guam -Congresswoman Madeleine Bordallo is charging the incoming GOP majority is undermining a key function of Congress by targeting ‘earmark’ spending for local projects.
Bordallo accuses Republicans in a written statement of taking away congress’s responsibility to “determine funding priorities.”
The House and Senate GOP caucuses have passed non-binding pledges to refrain from seeking funding for so-called ‘pork barrel’ projects as one way to control federal spending.
But Bordallo argues the Constitution “explicitly gives congress the authority…to pass the federal budget.”
She adds that Guam organizations would “otherwise have been overlooked” without the help to meet “critical needs.”
Bordallo points out the Port Authority of Guam received $50-million dollars–transferred from the defense department—money it did not get from competitive grants.
She charges Republican guidelines would have prevented this transfer. and despite past abuses, Bordallo argues the current Congress requires member spending requests to be made available on websites for public scrutiny.
Guam received almost $36-million in fiscal 2010 earmarks Bordallo sought. And nearly $11-million were passed by the House, but not yet enacted in fiscal ’11.
Separately, Bordallo who gives up her Insular Affairs Chairmanship under GOP control, is waiting to see whether Republicans keep or change the Subcommittee.
Her office would not say if she favors Alaska Republican Don Young—seen as a friend of the islands—as her possible replacement to Chair a new or changed panel that could be combined with the Indian Affairs Jurisdiction, or even dissolved.
And Bordallo joined other delegates—all Democrats—to back Speaker Nancy Pelosi this week to be the new Democratic Minority Leader in the new Congress.