House Approves $248.6 Million For Guam Military Construction

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According to a release from Congresswoman Bordallo’s office the bill includes provisions that will help with the progress on the realignment of marines from Okinawa to Guam

Guam – The U.S. House appropriations committee has approved some provisions for FY2017 military construction and veterans affairs appropriations.

 

 According to a release from Congresswoman Bordallo’s office the bill includes provisions that will help with the progress on the realignment of marines from Okinawa to Guam and address concerns of local veterans with health care they receive on islands. The bill appropriates the entire President’s budget of $248.6 million dollars for military construction on Guam. There is $35.3 million for air force munitions storage igloos, $14.2 million for a SATCOM C41 facility, $31.15 million for a global hawk block 40 maintenance hangar, $62.21 million for a Navy power upgrade in Harmon, $26.9 million for the hardening of a Guam POL infrastructure. $78.8 million for the Navy to replace some Andersen housing.

 

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House Appropriations Committee Approves Guam Provisions

Washington, D.C. – Congresswoman Madeleine Z. Bordallo today announced that the House Committee on Appropriations approved the fiscal year 2017 Military Construction and Veterans Affairs Appropriations bill by voice vote. The bill and accompanying report include provisions supported by Congresswoman Bordallo to continue progress on the realignment of Marines from Okinawa to Guam and address concerns of local veterans with health care they receive on islands.

Congresswoman Bordallo worked with House appropriators to include report language that directs the Government Accountability Office (GAO) to review the staffing, outreach, scheduling and access management practices at the VA’s Pacific Islands Healthcare System, which has jurisdiction over Guam. This addresses concerns raised by local veterans and Senator Frank Aguon Jr. over the quality of care veterans on Guam receive, and the Committee directs the GAO to report their findings within six months of the bill’s enactment into law.

Further, the bill appropriates the entire President’s Budget of $248,685,000 for military construction on Guam.  The projects requested in the FY17 budget support the buildup as well as on-going operations which includes the hardening of select military facilities. A complete table of military construction projects is below.

“I continue to work diligently with my colleagues to continue progress on the realignment of Marines to Guam and address concerns that have been raised by our veteran community regarding health care they receive on Guam. I am pleased that House appropriators have directed the GAO to study quality of care and staffing levels within the VA’s Pacific Islands Healthcare System. This is in direct response to challenges experienced by Guam’s local veterans, and I believe that this will provide much needed insight as we continue to address these issues. I appreciate the partnership of Senator Frank Aguon, as well as leaders in our veterans’ community, who continue to work collaboratively with me to ensure that our veterans receive the care they deserve.

I am also pleased that House Appropriators have supported President Obama’s budget request and fully funded $248 million in military construction projects for Guam. This continues to demonstrate our commitment to the rebalance strategy and the role that Guam plays in this process.  Further, it contains funding that continues the progress we are making in moving the realignment forward.  I also appreciate that the Committee funds critical projects at Andersen to continue to make it a viable forward operating platform to defend Guam, our homeland, and our allies in the region.  I will continue to advocate for these provisions and ensure that they are enacted into law.”

Report language to address veterans’ health care in the Pacific:

Access in outlying areas.—The Committee directs GAO to review the staffing, outreach, scheduling, and access management practices at the Department of Veterans Affairs Pacific Islands Healthcare System and report to the Committee not later than six months after enactment of this Act. The report should include comparisons between the VA Pacific Islands Healthcare System and VA healthcare in the continental U.S. on the following measures: healthcare quality; patient waiting times; follow up care appointment delays; community-based outpatient clinic (CBOC) staffing levels and retention; staff working environment; and outreach programs.

 

Fiscal Year 2017 Military Construction Appropriations for Guam

SERVICE

PROJECT

COST

Air Force

Munitions Storage Igloos, Ph 2

$35.3 M

Air Force

SATCOM C4I Facility

$14.2 M

Air Force

Global Hawk Block 40 Maintenance Hangar

$31.158 M

Navy

Power Upgrade – Harmon

$62.21 M

Navy

Hardening of Guam POL Infrastructure

$26.975 M

Navy

Replace Andersen Housing Ph 1

$78.815 M

 

 

$248.685 M