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$768M budgeted for Guam

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For military construction, civilian projects

PRESIDENT Barack Obama has sent Congress a $3.8 trillion budget proposal for fiscal year 2014, with Guam getting some $768 million worth of military construction and civilian infrastructure funding.

Guam Delegate Madeleine Z. Bordallo said the president’s budget proposal reflects an attempt to grow the economy, create jobs, and strengthen the middle class while reducing the deficit in a balanced way.

“Of particular importance to Guam are significant investments in funding to develop Guam as a strategic hub in the Asia-Pacific region with almost $500 million in military construction funding,” Bordallo said in a statement.

Aside from the military construction funding for Guam, the Obama budget also requests $273.3 million in civilian infrastructure funding through the Department of Defense’s Office of Economic Adjustment, with $246 million for upgrades to the Northern District Wastewater Treatment Plant; $19.8 million for critical wastewater collection system deficiencies; and $7.5 million for technical support and project development.

President Obama also requested $88.976 million in current appropriations to support Guam, the territories and the Freely Associated States, including an additional $3 million to mitigate the impacts of the Compacts of Free Association.

Also included in the proposed budget is $4 million for brown tree snake control on Guam and $1 million to assist with coral reef conservation efforts.

Encouraged

“In light of continued threats of aggression from North Korea, I am encouraged that President Obama’s budget proposal continues to demonstrate his administration’s commitment to strengthening our military and diplomatic presence in the Asia-Pacific region,” Bordallo said.

“His proposal would provide $495 million in investments in military construction on Guam and Joint Region Marianas, and more than $273 million for civilian infrastructure funding through the DOD’s Office of Economic Adjustment. The administration’s request shows it remains committed to the Guam realignment and I will work hard to fight for these critical investments. Guam has always been a strategic hub for our military, and this budget request builds off the progress of the previous year in realigning military forces in the Pacific.”

Bordallo also pointed out that President Obama’s budget proposal would also help to address the impacts of Compact migration on Guam and other affected jurisdictions by providing an additional $3 million in discretionary funding for Compact Impact aid over the annual $17.5 million in mandatory funding for Guam.

“I will continue to review the full details of the president’s budget submission, and I will work with my colleagues to protect funding for Guam and ensure that our island has the resources it needs to protect our families, strengthen our economy and improve the quality of life for all those living in our communities,” Bordallo said.

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