Guam – The White House questioning Congress’s $320 million dollar reduction in funding to the Navy for Guam buildup projects and re-affirming its support for the infrastructure needs of Guam, both on and off base.
In a Statement of Administration Policy on the National Defense Authorization Act, the Office of Management and Budget comments that “the Administration is committed to addressing the needs in Guam (both on base and off) to allow for the realignment of Marines and their families from Japan.”
But in the Statement to Senate’s Armed Service’s Committee Chairman Senator Carl Levin, the Administration also expresses concern about with the $320 million reduction in funding for Navy construction on Guam. The Administration argues that deferral of fudning will only increase costs in the future.
The White House Statement was issued as the Armed Services Committee takes up consideration of S. 3454 – the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2011.
The full reference to Guam is printed below:
Guam Basing: The Administration is committed to addressing the needs in Guam (both on base and off) to allow for the realignment of Marines and their families from Japan. That effort requires a comprehensive government-wide approach. The Administration is concerned with the
$320 million reduction in funding for Navy construction in Guam. Deferral of funding requirements into future years or reductions to the program will increase the total cost to the United States of the realignment. The Administration looks forward to working with Congress to provide additional details on program implementation to address the Committee’s concerns.