Guam – Rules and Federal Affairs Committee Chairman Senator Rory J. Respicio has announced the rebroadcast of last week’s meeting between members of the Guam Legislature and the delegation led by Undersecretary of the Navy Robert Work.
The two‐hour meeting was held at the Legislature on Thursday, January 20, 2011. The rebroadcast of the meeting will run unedited, beginning at 7:00 PM tomorrow, January 26, 2011; and can be viewed on the Legislature Channel (No. 13 on MCV, and No. 21 on GTA).
Senator Respicio said: “My colleagues and I want to ensure that this public service takes place, because there is a great difference of opinion between the Legislature and the Administration regarding the military’s approach to the buildup. These broadcasts will give the people of Guam an opportunity to see the full discussions and help them make up their own minds.”
Despite public statements made by the Work delegation and the Governor, the Legislature’s position is that the Federal Government is not forthcoming about their intentions. Last week, following the meeting, Senator Respicio and Speaker Judi Won Pat issued a statement stating that the Department of Defense has not addressed “any of the issues the people of Guam and this Legislature have demanded be addressed before this buildup continues. Congress has denied our vote in the Committee of the Whole and denied funding for War Reparations. This is just media spin to try to get us to agree to something that will hurt our culture, our people, and our island forever.”
On several occasions, the Legislature has officially communicated a list of Guam’s priority concerns and historic injustices to Washington. Senator Respicio said: “These concerns and injustices exist because of the Federal Government’s lack of interest and concern with Guam and our people, except when it relates to the military and our strategic location.”
“The people of Guam expect that buildup plans will be modified so that all the people who live in Guam, both inside and outside the base fences, will benefit equally. Non‐binding verbal statements from federal officials are not the same as promises in writing. It’s unfortunate that
the Calvo administration seems to believe the continuing flow promises made by federal officials who have not been able to deliver on any of their promises.”