CONGRESSMAN UNDERWOOD TAKES UP GUAM ISSUES WITH PRESIDENT BUSH

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CONGRESSMAN ROBERT A. UNDERWOOD Delegate from Guam U.S. House of Representatives Washington, D.C.

NEWS RELEASE April 3, 2001

CONGRESSMAN UNDERWOOD TAKES UP GUAM ISSUES WITH PRESIDENT BUSH

As part of an 11-member Congressional Hispanic Caucus delegation, Congressman Robert A. Underwood today met with President George W. Bush and used the opportunity to talk about several Guam issues.

"We had a one-hour meeting with the President in the Cabinet room and most of us got a chance to reference our individual concerns, although the main subject of the meeting was immigration and education," Congressman Underwood said, adding that the President started the meeting by saying he was a little distracted and very much concerned about the Hainan island incident.

"So I reminded him that Guam is the most forward deployed U.S. area and that we stand ready to be of assistance in any way we can," the Congressman said. "I asked him not to forget how important Guam is strategically. He understood that."

Among the issues the Congressman raised were the impact the President's proposed tax cuts would have on Guam, the practice of bundling contracts as part of the outsourcing of certain military operations, and the need to continue the Interagency Group on Insular Affairs, which was established by the Clinton Administration to bring together territorial leaders and high-level federal agency representatives to address territorial concerns.

Congressman Underwood also presented the President with an autographed Guam Olympic Team baseball. "I knew he was a big baseball fan, and I'm a big baseball fan, so I put the ball in a display container and presented it to him. He seemed very appreciative and said he didn't know Guam had an Olympic team."

The Congressman also had a chance to speak with White House Chief of Staff Andrew Card, specifically about continuing IGIA. "He was familiar with the issue because I had raised it before with him," Underwood said, adding that he delivered to Card a letter to the President detailing the Guam issues and concerns he had raised.

For additional information, contact: Cathy Gault at 671-477-4272

Washington office: 2418 Rayburn Office Building Washington, D.C. 20515 Tel: 202-225-1188 Fax: 202-226-0341 Email: guamtodc@mail.house.gov 

Guam office: 120 Fr. Duenas Ave., Ste 107 Hagatna, GU 96932 Tel: 671-477-4272 Fax: 671-477-2587

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