State of the Union React: Senator Guthertz Praises Obama Speech, But Concerned About Guam Impact

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Guam – Senator Judi Guthertz released the following statement in reaction to President Barak Obama’s State of the Union Address:


Senator Judith P. Guthertz praised President Barack Obama’s State of the Union address for both his superior rhetorical performance and his overall plans for the next two years.

Senator Guthertz was impressed by the bipartisan tone of the speech and the positive reception of the Congressional audience to much of what he had to say.

But Senator Guthertz was concerned that some of the President’s efforts to meet Republicans half way would have a negative impact on Guam. President Obama promised to veto any legislation including earmarks reaching his desk. Earmark spending, actually engaged in by most members of Congress, was a target of many Republican political campaigns against government spending, even though it involves only a tiny fraction of the federal budget.

One well known earmark example is the World War II Loyalty Recognition Act which was attached to last year’s Defense Appropriations bill, but later stripped off before the vote.

Unfortunately, Guam and other insular territories which lack voting representation in Congress must often depend on voting members to insert their
legislative matters into legislation through earmarks.

Senator Guthertz counted the President’s advocacy of education a big plus, but feared that his plan to freeze domestic spending for five years—another GOP friendly measure—would cut needed federal aid to Guam. Cuts to military spending supported by the Department of Defense, may also have an as yet unknown effect on the military buildup.

Senator Guthertz said President argued effectively that instead of re-fighting the battles of the last two years, Republicans and Democrats should join together to improve the Affordable Health Care Act, aka, Obamacare.