Speaker seeks federal coronavirus emergency funding

Vice Speaker Tina Muna Barnes (PNC file photo)

Speaker Tina Muna Barnes has sent letters to three government officials — including President Trump, Joint Region Marianas Rear Admiral John Menoni, and Congressman Michael San Nicholas asking for their help to ensure that Guam is protected from the novel coronavirus.

In the first letter, Speaker Barnes asks President Trump for Guam to be included in legislation from the U.S. Congress requesting emergency funding to address the novel coronavirus outbreak, stressing the importance of protecting the health of the island’s people.

The Speaker’s second letter asks Congressman Michael San Nicolas to advocate for Guam to be included in the emergency coronavirus legislation.

And in the last letter, the Speaker asks Rear Admiral John Menoni what steps Joint Region Marianas is taking to ensure that service members deployed to affected areas such as South Korea do not come to Guam infected with the virus.

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“We are America in Asia or Asia in America and we here in this part of the Pacific region are the closest to the areas that are being attacked by this virus and I think we need to make sure that we’ve got our island safeguarded,” the Speaker said.

All three letters were sent out today and Speaker Barnes says that she will continue to work with experts in the community to prevent the virus from coming to Guam.