Bordallo: “The President’s Continued Support for Asia-Pacific Will Help Provide Job Opportunities” on Guam

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Guam – Guam Congresswoman Madeleine Bordallo underscored President Obama’s State of the Union remarks about the Asia-Pacific, saying the “President’s continued support for the Asia-Pacific rebalance will help provide job opportunities as well as strengthen regional prosperity and stability” in our region.

In a statement released following the President’s address, she said “unemployment on Guam is nearly twice the national average, and I continue to work to find economic opportunities for the people of Guam.  I will also continue to work with officials to open up additional tourism opportunities under the Guam-CNMI visa waiver program.”

 Bordallo also said that she looks forward to working with the President and Congress to move forward on the issues important to our region.

Congresswoman Bordallo was joined in the House Chamber by Lt. Joseph Crisostomo, USAF, who viewed the address from the House Gallery as her guest. Lt. Crisostomo is a former resident of Barrigada and graduated from George Washington High School in 2002. He was nominated by Congresswoman Bordallo to attend the U.S. Air Force Academy and was commissioned as an officer in the Air Force in 2010. 

The Congresswoman says in a release that Lt. Crisostomo was invited to be the Congresswoman’s guest as a gesture of gratitude to all the men and women from Guam who serve in our Armed Forces.

[Lt. Joseph Crisostomo, USAF, joined Congresswoman Bordallo in the House Chamber during President Obama’s fifth State of the Union address. Lt. Crisostomo was invited to be the Congresswoman’s guest as a gesture of gratitude to all the men and women from Guam who serve in our Armed Forces.]  

News from Congresswoman Madeleine Z. Bordallo
Statement on the State of the Union

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – January 28, 2014 – Washington, D.C. –

Congresswoman Madeleine Z. Bordallo today issued the following statement after attending a joint session of Congress to receive President Obama’s State of the Union address. She was joined by Lt. Joseph Crisostomo, USAF, who viewed the address from the House Gallery as her guest. Lt. Crisostomo is a former resident of Barrigada and graduated from George Washington High School in 2002. He was nominated by Congresswoman Bordallo to attend the U.S. Air Force Academy and was commissioned as an officer in the Air Force in 2010.  Lt. Crisostomo was invited to be the Congresswoman’s guest as a gesture of gratitude to all the men and women from Guam who serve in our Armed Forces.

“Tonight, President Obama outlined his Administration’s priorities to grow our economy, strengthen the middle class, and ensure that all Americans have an equal opportunity to get ahead. The President emphasized the need for Congress to take action on a number of policy priorities, including immigration reform, income inequality, infrastructure investments, and college affordability. However, the President stated that he will not wait for Congressional action to make progress on these issues, and will take executive action where he can due to gridlock in Congress.

“Congress must also do its part to address the many challenges that continue to face our country. Although we have made progress in turning our economy around and improving the quality of life for millions of Americans, much work remains. Unemployment on Guam is nearly twice the national average, and I continue to work to find economic opportunities for the people of Guam.  The President’s continued support for the Asia-Pacific rebalance will help provide job opportunities as well as strengthen regional prosperity and stability. I will also continue to work with officials to open up additional tourism opportunities under the Guam-CNMI visa waiver program.  I look forward to working with President Obama and my colleagues in Congress to move these issues forward.”