Guam leaders respond to President Biden’s congressional address

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Guam leaders have released their reactions to President Joe Biden’s first address to Congress, pledging support to the President’s call to action.

“Tonight in Washington D.C. President Biden called America to action, and our Territory of Guam will respond. The time is certainly upon us to set our island and our country on a path to bring meaningful improvements to the quality of life of every American. We will exhaust every resource we have to ensure full Territorial inclusion and participation in the priorities outlined by the President, which collectively aim to ensure global preeminence, justice, security, opportunity, and inclusion of we the people,” Congressman Michael San Nicolas said.

He added that the Guam Congressional Office is fully committed to the work ahead, and calls on the local leadership to embrace the emphasis on action and outcomes called for by President Biden “to not only resolve the problems on our island given lip service for years, but to set the stage for our people to finally believe that we will do our duty and deliver on our commitments to them.”

Governor Lou Leon Guerrero and Lieutenant Governor Josh Tenorio also issued the following statement regarding President Joe Biden’s Annual Message to Congress:

“As we continue to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic and build the foundation for our recovery, our nation is an important moment in history. With every crisis, there is also great opportunity. Despite the economic and health devastation left by COVID-19, President Biden has outlined a plan to not only build back but build back better. The proposed American Jobs Plan is much in line with our Administration’s goal of creating more jobs, increasing internet access, and strengthening our power and water utility infrastructure,” said Governor Leon Guerrero. “We continue to work with the Biden-Harris Administration to ensure the People of Guam and our sister territories are not forgotten.”

“President Biden’s proposed plan is the comprehensive and progressive package we need to recover from the COVID-19 pandemic and to restore people’s faith in democracy. In order to rebuild stronger, we must implement policies that not only tackle our present issues but will meet the needs of the future. This means more jobs, better infrastructure, and meaningfully addressing the social and economic inequalities that have plagued this country well before COVID-19,” added Lieutenant Governor Tenorio. “As President Biden said, “America is on the move,” and Guam will continue to lead the nation in policies that get people back to work, children back in school, and vaccines into the arms of our people.”