It’s now up to the House Rules Committee, set to meet early next week, whether to allow Bordallo’s latest try at war claims
Washington D.C. – Congresswoman Madeleine Bordallo will try again to amend a long-sought Guam measure to the annual Defense bill or ‘NDAA,’ expected on the US House floor next week.
Bordallo has never given up on Guam War Claims. She succeeded in 2010 in amending a House-Senate compromise NDAA, with the original HR 44. But fiscal conservatives stripped out the language on the Senate floor, forcing the bill back to the House.
Bordallo then secured an agreement from the House Armed Services chairman to try again in succeeding defense bills.
It’s now up to the House Rules Committee, set to meet early next week, whether to allow Bordallo’s latest try at war claims and another amendment to codify bill report language to improve H-2B visa denial rates on Guam.
High visa denial rates could harm ongoing and future projects on Guam…and the committee report directs the Pentagon to work with federal agencies to ensure adequate visa processing and a sufficient Guam workforce.
Republicans accepted the non-statutory report language in committee.
The Rules Committee will prepare for floor action, the NDAA that ‘green-lights’ more than a quarter of a billion worth of projects on Guam.
Setting debate and amendment limits is the last step before the full House takes up the bill.
Senate Armed Services subcommittees are still clearing their own sections of the Senate’s NDAA version.
This would be the 55th consecutive yearly NDAA, if the bill passes.
The House bill would authorize some 254-million in new Guam military construction, including new housing at Andersen Air Force Bas, a power upgrade from Harmon to Anderson, a Global Hawk maintenance hangar, an Air Force Reserves medical training facility, munitions storage, and an Air Force satellite facility.
The measure lifts all remaining restrictions on Guam civilian build-up funding, originally put in place by the Senate and it’s Armed Services Chairman John McCain. It helps preserve Guam land holdings, promotes invasive species prevention, and calls for study of a broader role for the Guam Army National Guard, to include the THAAD missile defense system.