Guam – Congresswoman Madeleine Bordallo has announced that she will serve on the House Committee on Natural Resources Subcommittee on Fisheries, Wildlife, Oceans and Insular Affairs and the Subcommittee on Energy and Mineral Resources. In the 111th Congress, Congresswoman Bordallo served as the Chairwoman of the Subcommittee on Insular Affairs, Oceans and Wildlife. Given her current position as Ranking Member of the House Armed Services Subcommittee on Readiness, Democratic caucus rules prevented Congresswoman Bordallo from seeking the Ranking Member position on Subcommittee on Fisheries, Wildlife, Oceans and Insular Affairs in the 112th Congress. Rules prohibit members from holding two subcommittee leadership positions.
Congresswoman Donna Christensen from the Virgin Islands was elected as the Ranking Member for the Subcommittee on Fisheries, Wildlife, Oceans and Insular Areas, while Congressman Rush Holt from New Jersey was elected as the Ranking Member for the Subcommittee on Energy and Mineral Resources.
The Subcommittee on Fisheries, Wildlife, Oceans and Insular Affairs is responsible for all issues pertaining to wildlife resources, fisheries, oceanography, and insular areas. The Subcommittee on Energy and Mineral Resources oversees American energy production and mining on federal lands – both onshore and offshore.
“I look forward to working with Ranking Member Christensen, Ranking Member Holt, and all my colleagues on both my subcommittees,” said Congresswoman Bordallo. “I will work closely with Ranking Member Christensen to address a variety of issues impacting Guam and that are germane in this Committee. In particular, I will work with her to ensure that the new Guam-CNMI visa waiver program is implemented in a manner consistent with Congressional intent. Further, I will work with subcommittee members to continue its oversight of the military build-up and assessing the impacts to our local infrastructure and socioeconomic impacts.”