So far, GovGuam still hasn’t received its full share of American Rescue Plan funds but every other state governor in the U.S. is in the same position, Gov. Lou Leon Guerrero said.
The governor said the U.S. Department of the Treasury has sought input from the nation’s governors and is still going over its guidelines.
Senator Chris Duenas recently introduced legislation to secure some of those funds for the island’s new hospital with the Guam Economic Development Authority.
The governor made a commitment to put about $300 million of American Rescue Plan funds towards a new hospital and she said attempts to somehow secure those funds even further is unnecessary.
She said that although she’s already asked the Legislature for a wishlist of what they think the funds should be used for, they don’t have any real authority over the money anyway.
“He actually has no authority over those federal monies and grants. Those are federal grants to the states and territories. So legislative oversight is not required,” Leon Guerrero said.
She added: “Their authority is appropriations and authorizations of the general fund. These are federal monies. And there has already been cases and precedents that I think have discussed that and it’s been shown through the legal cases that the legislature has no oversight nor authority over the federal grants and federal monies that we receive.”