Guam – Congresswoman Madeleine Bordallo is now the top democrat on the House Armed Services Readiness Subcommittee. But party rules prevent her from holding the same rank on the Resources & Insular Affairs panel.
Bordallo becomes the readiness panel’s most senior democrat and that gives her a key position for dealing with Guam’s military build-up.
The Subcommittee has oversight on military readiness, training, logistics and maintenance issues and is responsible for all military construction, depot, civilian personnel environmental and energy policy.
Bordallo could not, by party rules, also be ranking democrat on Fisheries, Oceans, Wildlife, and Insular Affairs. But she said her choice was clear, “With this pending military build-up, I’ve always had my eye on Armed Services, and now I’m able to do it, because of seniority.”
Bordallo Chaired the Resources Insular Affairs panel in the last Congress, and says she could have become the panel’s top democrat, after republicans reclaimed House control.
But the long-serving Bordallo says she expects to retain her seat on Insular Affairs and will serve on the Armed Services Personnel Subcommittee.
She says the Readiness Subcommittee lends itself to better deal with military build-up infrastructure and environmental concerns. And to see that D-O-D adequately addresses them.
Congressman Randy Forbes of Virginia Chairs the panel.