Senator Muna-Barnes Writes Wilson, Intros Resolution, Seeking Support for China Visa Waiver for Guam

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Guam – Tourism Committee Chair Senator Tina Muna-Barnes has sent a letter to South Carolina Representative Joe Wilson seeking his support for a China visa waiver for Guam.

Wilson was the leader of a Congressional delegation that visited Guam earlier this month.

READ Senator Muna-Barnes’ letter to Rep. Wilson  HERE  

Senator Barnes has asked Congressman Wilson to “garner additional congressional support for this issue and introduce a Congressional Resolution in favor of a Guam-China Visa Waiver Program.”

In addition, Muna-Barnes and Vice Speaker B.J. Cruz have introduced Resolution #486 which calls on Homeland Security Chief Janet Napolitano to fully implement U.S. Public Law 110-229 which declared Congress’ intent to allow additional countries onto the Guam-CNMI visa waiver program list, provided they represent a significant economic benefit.

READ Resolution  #486 HERE

The release quotes Senator Muna-Barnes as saying  she remains “optimistic about the expansion of our visa waiver program”  and she looks forward to working with members of congress and other stakeholders “in support of a solution that will keep our nation safe while strengthening Guam’s tourism industry.”

READ Senator Muna-Barnes’ release in FULL below:

“Senator Barnes and Guam’s congressional allies continue push for china visa waiver.”

Hagåtña- August 16, 2012— Senator Tina Muña Barnes sent a letter to Congressman Joe Wilson today in an effort to solidify his congressional support for the inclusion of Guam in a China visa waiver.  Senator Barnes met with the visiting Congressional delegation, led by Congressman Wilson from South Carolina, which included Congresswoman Madeleine Bordallo and Congressional staff.  In their August 8th meeting, the Senator discussed options that would allow for regularly scheduled airlift from China to Guam.  Senator Barnes requested Congressman Wilson and Congresswoman Bordallo work together to garner additional congressional support for this issue and introduce a Congressional Resolution in favor of a Guam-China Visa Waiver Program.

In addition, Senator Barnes & Senator BJ Cruz today introduced Resolution No. 486-31 (COR) relative to voicing I Liheslaturan Guahan’s continued support for the full implementation of United States Public Law 110-229 and requesting that the U.S. Secretary of Homeland Security, Janet Napolitano, expand the China Visa Waiver Program to include Guam.

“I remain optimistic about the expansion of our visa waiver program and I am encouraged by the discussion with Congressman Wilson.  I look forward to working with the gentleman from South Carolina, as well as our local and federal stakeholders in support of a solution that will keep our nation safe while strengthening Guam’s tourism industry.  I thank Congresswoman Bordallo for continuing to encourage her colleagues to visit Guam and a get a first-hand look at the issues and challenges our island faces”, said Senator Barnes.