Guam – Governor Eddie Calvo and Congresswoman Madeleine Bordallo meet Wednesday in Washington with Senior members of the Department of Defense to share their concerns about the impact of sequestration on the realignment of forces in the Pacific.
Bordallo and Calvo sat down with Deputy Defense Secretary Ashton Carter and Navy Undersecretary Robert Work.
Congresswoman Bordallo says in a release that “Secretary Carter underscored the strategic underpinnings and importance of the rebalance” but he also acknowledged that “could be delays in the implementation of the rebalance, including the military build-up on Guam during fiscally constrained times.”
Governor Calvo is also quoted as saying that “we know the military believes these are priorities,” and “we look forward to more information on how federal budget cuts will affect the military buildup.”
The Governor also made the point that the negative impact of sequestration once again “drives home our point that the federal government should allow us to be more economically autonomous by approving the China Visa Waiver.”
READ the release from Congresswoman Bordallo below:
Bordallo, Governor Calvo Raise Sequestration Concerns, Impacts on Asia-Pacific Realignment with Deputy Secretary of Defense
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – February 27, 2013 – Washington, D.C. –
Congresswoman Madeleine Z. Bordallo and Governor Eddie Calvo today met with Deputy Secretary of Defense Ashton Carter, Undersecretary of the Navy Robert Work and other senior Department of Defense officials to discuss the impacts sequestration may have on the rebalance to the Asia-Pacific region, including the military build-up on Guam. They also raised the importance of the Guam Strike program at Andersen Air Force Base.
“I appreciate that Secretary Carter reaffirmed the Department of Defense and Obama Administration’s commitment to the rebalance to the Asia-Pacific region,” said Congresswoman Bordallo. “Secretary Carter underscored the strategic underpinnings and importance of the rebalance. However, our discussion was frank and there could be delays in the implementation of the rebalance, including the military build-up on Guam during fiscally constrained times. I also appreciated the productive and frank discussion with Secretary Carter and look forward to continue working with the Department to ensure the rebalance is prioritized in future budgets.
Now that it is clear sequestration will take effect this Friday, millions of people across the country, including our community in Guam, are bracing for the devastating impact these indiscriminate cuts will have on government operations, employment opportunities and our economic recovery. The effects of sequestration will not be felt immediately; however, its long-term impacts are expected to cause abrupt interruptions in our country’s ability to provide fundamental support for national security, education and critical healthcare and social services.”
Governor Calvo added:
“We are thankful for the information from Secretary Carter. The Defense Department has been most helpful. We are on the same page. We understand how critical the realignment is to our nation’s security,” said Governor Calvo. “We look forward to more information on how federal budget cuts will affect the military buildup and the full realignment. We know the military believes these are priorities. This drives home our point that the federal government should allow us to be more economically autonomous by approving the China Visa Waiver. We also appreciate the support we’ve received from the Defense Department on our efforts.”