Guam – Congresswoman Madeleine Bordallo Thursday was chosen as the Ranking Member of the Subcommittee on Readiness for the 112th Congress by Democratic members of the House Armed Services Committee’s (HASC). As the Ranking Member, Congresswoman Bordallo is the Subcommittee’s most senior Democratic representative. The Subcommittee on Readiness has oversight jurisdiction over military readiness, training, logistics and maintenance issues and programs. The subcommittee is also responsible for all military construction, depot policy, civilian personnel policy, environmental policy, installations and family housing issues, including the base closure process, and energy policy and programs of the Department of Defense.
The Democratic Caucus met this morning to approve the recommendations of the Democratic Steering & Policy Committee. In addition to her position on HASC, Congresswoman Bordallo will also retain her position as a member of the House Committee on Natural Resources. The House Committee on Natural Resources will also meet in the coming weeks to organize for the 112th Congress. Congresswoman Bordallo will not be Ranking Member of the Subcommittee on Fisheries, Wildlife, Oceans & Insular Affairs since members of the caucus are forbidden from holding two subcommittee leadership positions.
“I appreciate the opportunity to serve as the Ranking Member of the Subcommittee on Readiness,” said Congresswoman Bordallo. “I will continue my work to ensure that the Subcommittee performs appropriate oversight of military build-up on Guam. The jurisdiction of the Readiness Subcommittee lends itself to better address infrastructure and environmental concerns regarding the military build-up and that they are adequately addressed by the Department of Defense. I have worked closely with Chairman of the Subcommittee, Congressman Randy Forbes of Virginia on a variety of issues and look forward to continuing our bi-partisan approach to a variety of matters before the Subcommittee. I am humbled that I will have the opportunity to take the Democratic lead on the Subcommittee following the departure of Chairman Solomon Ortiz who was a good friend and strong leader on readiness issues.”