Congresswoman says Senate NDAA passes with H2-B provision

Guam’s former delegate to Congress, Madeleine Bordallo, said H.R 1365 will most likely not pass its upcoming mark-up hearing.

The Senate version fo the NDAA contains a provision that would allow for H2-B workers to do construction for the military buildup.

Guam – Congresswoman Madeleine Bordallo says the Senate just passed their version of the National Defense Authorization Act which contains a provision that would allow H2-B workers to be used on Guam for military construction related to the buildup.

Earlier this week Governor Eddie Calvo said the buildup would not happen unless the attitude in Washington D.C. changes and the current restrictions on Guam’s H2-B visas are lifted. In July the House passed their version of the NDAA which included a provision from Congresswoman Bordallo that also allows for the use of H2-B workers for military projects as well as for healthcare.

“Now both houses have passed it and when I get back we will go into conference and I’m a member of the conference committee,” said Bordallo adding, “We need it because we need a lot of workers out here and not just the military you know it’s our health institutions, it’s the rest of our community the business community.”

The house and the senate will meet to resolve the differences between the two versions of the NDAA. As a ranking member of the readiness subcommittee, Bordallo will be a conferee.