Tenorio takes governor’s place in ‘aggressive’ federal mission

Acting Governor Joshua Tenorio signed four bills into law today.

Lieutenant Governor Joshua Tenorio will go on a two-week federal mission to advance Guam’s agenda on several federal issues, Adelup announced.

According to Adelup, these issues include the Guam buildup, federal land return, the extension of Medicaid funds set to expire on Oct. 1, decolonization, war claims, and the H-2B labor shortage.

Governor Lou Leon Guerrero was supposed to go on this trip but she decided to stay on Guam because of the dengue outbreak and send the lieutenant governor instead.

“My focus is on managing our response efforts right here at home. I can do that because I
know Lieutenant Governor Josh will represent Guam well during these important meetings
and work sessions,” the governor said in a release.

Additionally, and in recognition of a joint effort among the Office of the Governor, the
University of Guam’s Center for Island Sustainability, and the Global Island Partnership, Guam has been invited to participate in a high-level event at the United Nations Climate Week centered on the U.N.’s 2030 Initiative for Sustainable Development.

“Islands in the Pacific contribute the least to global warming but our neighbors are dealing
with its harmful effects every day. Armed with this knowledge and information, and as
leaders of our island, the Governor and I are taking proactive steps to combat climate
change and support sustainable development on a global scale. That includes promoting the U.N.’s goals on sustainability,” Tenorio said.

In advance of Tenorio’s participation in climate change activities with the U.N., the governor signed Executive Order 2019-23, creating the Guam Green Growth Working Group.

The goal of the Working Group is to support a public-private partnership approach to solutions and programs consistent with the U.N.’s 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.

“Green initiatives do more than protect our environment, the technology and innovation they inspire can expand our economy and create sustainable jobs,” the governor said.