Guam – The Chairman of Guam’s republican party, Mike Benito is calling on the Guam Chamber to revise one-word in the pledge they have asked island lawmakers to sign.
In a release, Benito says that the party “ is unified with the Guam Chamber of Commerce in supporting the Guam buildup” but the party would like the Chamber to remove the word “any” in their proposition.
That word occurs in the sentence: “I support any program by our military to enhance its presence in the Mariana Islands.”
READ the release from GOP Chairman Benito in FULL below:
REPUBLICANS RESPOND TO CHAMBER POSITION LETTER
Party Chair Benito requests revision to the chamber pledge.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
August 23, 2012
Hagatna, Guam. The Republican Party Chairman Mike Benito announced today that the party is unified with the Guam Chamber of Commerce in supporting the Guam Buildup, but has requested a revision to the pledge.
“We have had the opportunity to review the Chamber’s proposition, but have requested that a single word be removed from the pledge, as it may be taken or used out of context,” Benito said. The party chairman’s reference was to the word “any” in a sentence that states “I support any program by our military to enhance its presence in the Marianas Islands.”
According to Benito, the Republican Party supports the military buildup and it is a key component of the party platform. The platform states that a Republican majority will work collaboratively with the federal government and the Department of Defense to bring the buildup back on track.
Unemployment on Guam is at approximately 11%, as opposed to the U.S. national average of approximately 8%. “The Guam buildup is critical in creating a prosperous economy that will sustain our growing community,” Benito said.
“We will leverage the buildup to create a strong and vibrant economy that supports higher paying jobs for our families, and opportunities that will encourage Guamanians living abroad to return home,” Benito said, referencing Guamanian families that have left Guam to seek better opportunities.
Excerpt from the Republican Party of Guam Platform:
Republican Commitment Number 3:
“We Believe with a Republican majority, we will work collaboratively with the Federal Government and the Department of Defense to get this Guam Buildup back on track. We will leverage the buildup to create a strong and vibrant economy that supports higher paying jobs for our families, and opportunities that will encourage over 50,000 Guamanians living abroad to return home. We will develop a prosperous economy that will sustain our growing community. We understand that the Guam Buildup is the most immediate opportunity to increase our revenue base which will allow us to improve our schools, our parks, our roadways, infrastructure, and protect our natural resources. We will focus these new revenues on improving quality of life and government services for your family rather than increasing unnecessary government spending. We are proud United States citizens and will harness the economic opportunity ahead for our community, and ride its power to an economically prosperous future.”
The Guam Chamber’s Proposition reads:
“The realization by the United States that Guam must play a strategic role in the defense of U.S. interests presents the people of Guam with challenges and opportunities that will have lasting impact on Guam’s place in U.S. and world history, a history that will be made with us or without us. I believe that it is in Guam’s best interest to seize the opportunity. I support any program by our military to enhance its presence in the Mariana Islands.”
“It is certainly a noble opportunity to serve our country’s interests as well as our own. But more importantly, it is an opportunity to strengthen our economic and social well being and widen our horizons for the benefit of all Guamanians and their future generations. Our hope is that this will open the doors, too long closed to us, to being recognized as a constructive and integral part of the United States with full grant of all Constitutional rights and representation.”
The Chamber asks each lawmakers to declare their positions on this proposition by signing next to the statement
“I support this proposition” [signature]
“I do not support this proposition” [signature]