Omnibus Appropriations Act increases federal funding for GovGuam

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Guam – Congresswoman Madeleine Bordallo says the 2018 Omnibus Appropriations Act increases federal funding for programs that benefit Guam and other territories through the end of this fiscal year.

A media release from Congresswoman Bordallo’s office highlights the following:

  • A $1.6 million increase in discretionary federal grants to territories compared to last year
  • A $1 million increase in discretionary federal reimbursement for Compact impact over last year’s allotment, for a total of $4.0 million in discretionary Compact impact grants. This, despite President Trump’s proposal to eliminate discretionary Compact reimbursements to GovGuam altogether
  • A $950,000 increase in the Office of Insular Affairs’ Coral Reef Initiative
  • Maintains level funding at $3.5 million for a program to help Guam combat the brown tree snake

Noting Guam’s current budgetary crisis, Bordallo acknowledged the need to bring continued federal resources to the island.

The spending act was signed into law by President Trump on March 23.