VIDEO: McCain Slams Guam Buildup, Bordallo Infuriated

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Washington D.C. – The top Republican on the Senate Armed Services Committee John McCain ‘slammed’ ‘build-up’ related spending in Guam, as part of a broadside against Senate appropriators Wednesday in Washington.

HEAR Matt Kaye’s report HERE>>>mccainslamsbuildup.mp3

McCain,  who joined Armed Services Chair Carl Levin earlier this year to freeze the ‘build-up’ in the Senate’s 2012 Defense Authorization bill, railed against the Appropriations committee for passing $20-billion in spending last week that the Armed Services never authorized, including $33-million for Guam civilian infrastructure to support the build-up.

“The $33-million dollars is going to purchase school buses, to build a mental health substance facility on Guam and a repository for cultural artifacts. I am not making that up,” said McCain.

McCain mocked the Guam spending, and $40-million more, later, in the face of the uncertainty surrounding the build-up’s future: “Now I know the Marines will enjoy being on Guam. I’m not sure it’s absolutely necessary for them to have a repository for cultural artifacts.”

And, school buses?

“The Appropriations Committee put a premium on buying school buses, an artifact repository and a mental health clinic in Guam. That’s not anybody’s idea of defense priorities in the fiscal environment that we face.” 

Guam Congresswoman Madeleine Bordallo was infuriated. “I am amazed at some of the letters and the statements that have come out from Senator McCain, lately, on the military build-up. And it’s not consistent with his previous stance on infrastructure funding for Guam.”

Provisions, Bordallo says McCain supported last year, but not now.  “The plan to move the Marines, which will require spending between $18-billion and $23-billion dollars on Guam, to build up its capabilities, as a permanent base, is so much in doubt, that both the Armed Services Committee and the military construction and Veterans Affairs Subcommittee of the Appropriations Committee has stopped funding Guam military construction projects, until the Department of Defense provides a Master Plan and considers alternatives that may provide the needed marine forward presence, at much less expense.” 

McCain concluded, “We simply cannot afford to carry out the plans as they were originally envisioned.” As for Bordallo, just back from Japan where she says Defense officials support the Guam ‘build-up’ “I’m very disappointed. And I’m going to make myself heard.” 

McCAIN ‘SLAMS’ GUAM ‘BUILD-UP’ FUNDING   PNC MDK   9-22-11

 
S.L. TOP REPUBLICAN ON THE SENATE ARMED SERVICES COMMITTEE JOHN McCAIN ‘SLAMMED’ ‘BUILD-UP’ RELATED SPENDING IN GUAM, AS PART OF A BROADSIDE AGAINST SENATE APPROPRIATORS WEDNESDAY.  WASHINGTON CORR. MATT KAYE REPORTS—
 
M.K. McCAIN WHO JOINED ARMED SERVICES CHAIR CARL LEVIN EARLIER THIS YEAR TO FREEZE THE ‘BUILD-UP’ IN THE SENATE’S 2012 DEFENSE AUTHORIZATION BILL, RAILED AGAINST THE APPROPRIATIONS COMMITTEE.
THAT, FOR PASSING 20-BILLION LAST WEEK ARMED SERVICES NEVER AUTHORIZED—INCLUDING 33-MILLION FOR GUAM CIVILIAN INFRASTRUCTURE TO SUPPORT THE BUILD-UP…
 
051 McCAIN   “The 33-million dollars is going to purchase school buses…to build a mental health substance facility on Guam…and a repository for cultural artifacts.  I am not making that up.”  :17
 
McCAIN MOCKED THE GUAM SPENDING—AND 40-MILLION MORE, LATER–IN THE FACE OF THE UNCERTAINTY SURROUNDING THE BUILD-UP’S FUTURE—
 
061 McCAIN  “Now I know the Marines will enjoy being on Guam…I’m not sure it’s absolutely necessary for them to have a repository for cultural artifacts.”
 
AND, SCHOOL BUSES?
 
073 McCAIN   “The Appropriations Committee put a premium on buying school buses…an artifact repository and a mental health clinic in Guam.  That’s not anybody’s idea of defense priorities in the fiscal environment that we face.”  :15
 
GUAM CONGRESSWOMAN MADELEINE BORDALLO WAS INFURIATED–
 
031 BORDALLO   “I am amazed at some of the letters and the statements that have come out from Senator McCain, lately, on the military build-up…and it’s not consistent with his previous stance on infrastructure funding for Guam.”  :15
 
…PROVISIONS, BORDALLO SAYS McCAIN SUPPORTED LAST YEAR.
BUT NOT NOW–
 
064 McCAIN   “The plan to move the Marines, which will require spending between 18-billion and 23-billion dollars on Guam, to build up its capabilities, as a permanent base, is so much in doubt, that both the Armed Services Committee and the Military Construction and Veterans Affairs Subcommittee of the Appropriations Committee has stopped funding Guam military construction projects, until the Department of Defense provides a master plan and considers alternatives that may provide the needed Marine forward presence, at much less expense.”  :30
 
McCAIN CONCLUDED, “WE SIMPLY CANNOT AFFORD TO CARRY OUT THE PLANS AS THEY WERE ORIGINALLY ENVISIONED.”
AS FOR BORDALLO, JUST BACK FROM JAPAN WHERE SHE SAYS DEFENSE OFFICIALS SUPPORT THE GUAM ‘BUILD-UP’—
 
233 BORDALLO   “I’m very disappointed…and I’m going to make myself heard.”  :03