Washington D.C. – The U.S. House has approved more than $80-million dollars for Guam civilian build-up projects, while the U.S. Senate remains tied up in ‘knots.’
The House voted 340-73 to pass its defense spending bill, totalling almost half-a-trillion dollars. $81-million of that would go for continued water and sewer improvements on Guam, related to the transfer of Marines from Okinawa.
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Another $125-million would go for operations and maintenance to boost Army National Guard readiness and training.
Congresswoman Madeleine Bordallo sponsored another $1.1 million for the Navy Sea Cadet Corps program to reduce participants’ out-of-pocket costs. And there’s money to maintain Guam’s Global Hawk Block-30 fleet.
Servicewide, the bill funds efforts to deal with sexual assaults and suicides and boosts military pay. Top appropriations democrat, Nita Lowey of New York:
Lowey: “A $1.8% increase for active duty pay, support for the National Guard and Reserves, as well as family support programs, significant funding for cybersecurity to protect our critical infrastructure, from cyber-attacks.”
The Senate meantime, has not passed a DOD spending bill, or its spending blueprint, the National Defense Authorization Act.
The body is feuding over the rights of the minority GOP to amend bills and has just sidelined a big one that funds 7-agencies.
The Senate Armed Services Committee would eliminate in its FY ‘15 NDAA, the $81-million for civilian infrastructure.
A pending Senate Appropriations bill includes key Guam missile defense ‘report’ language that urges PACOM to include “robust, permanent ballistic missile defense…particularly on Guam.”
Senate appropriators would fully fund Guam’s $128-million dollar FY ’15 military construction budget for facilities at Andersen Air Force Base, as did House appropriators.
The big question, though, is when the Senate appropriations bill and the NDAA, will finally come to the Senate floor.