Guam – Guam Congresswoman Madeleine Bordallo says the Administration is still committed to Guam’s military build-up, despite President Obama’s State of the Union call for a budget freeze.
Bordallo says she’s not discouraged, despite Obama’s call for a 5-year freeze on non-mandatory spending, and a promise to veto any bills with member pet projects.
Bordallo was asked if she feels the administration remains committed to the build-up and she said: “the team that went out to Guam just recently, came back, and we had a talk with them, today…and my answer to that question is ‘yes,’ they know the importance…and we don’t see any sizeable cuts.”
Bordallo says she asked the same question about the President’s upcoming fiscal ‘012 budget proposal, and was assured there’s “no indication that there would be any cuts.”
The President called for “responsible” deficit reduction and investment in technology, education and infrastructure to create jobs. He admitted the health care reform act could be improved but should not be dumped for a whole new law as many republicans propose.
Bordallo got national exposure on Network TV during this, her 9th State of the Union, as the two-parties broke protocol in the wake of the Arizona shootings, and sat next to members of the opposite party.
Bordallo sat next to a controversial Republican, reprimanded by the house for interrupting obama last year with a widely-perceived rude remark.
“I sat next to Joe Wilson from South Carolina. He’s a very good friend of mine and a good friend of Guam. He’s been on Guam three-times, and I’ve been on several codels with him. I’ve met his entire family.”
Bordallo hosted as her guest at this year’s State of the Union, Guam Supreme Court Chief Justice Phillip Carbullido, who with other guests, had a bird’s eye view of the national event from the house gallery.