CONGRESSMAN UNDERWOOD FROM GUAM

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

NEWS RELEASE July 17, 2002

PLEASED THAT GUAM AND OTHER TERRITORIES
INCLUDED IN FEDERAL HOMELAND SECURITY PLANS

Congressman Robert A. Underwood today said he is pleased that his call for the inclusion of Guam and the other territories in the Bush Administration's Homeland Security initiative has been heard.

During a Rose Garden press conference at the White House today, President George Bush unveiled his Administration's "National Strategy for Homeland Security," which specifically includes Guam, the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands, and the other territories.

On June 6, 2002, Underwood wrote a letter to Bush calling for the inclusion of Guam and the territories in any homeland security policy put forward by his Administration.

"The report's specific mention of Guam and the territories as a part of the effort to secure the U.S. homeland from terrorist attacks is both significant and relieving," Underwood said, adding that he believes this national strategy "is a solid first step to addressing our national needs and defense priorities."

The report identifies three key objectives: preventing terrorist attacks within the United States, reducing the nation's vulnerability to terrorism and minimizing the damage while speeding the recovery from attacks that do occur, and expressly defines "state" to mean "any state of the United States, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, the Virgin Islands, Guam, American Samoa, the Canal Zone, the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands, or the Trust Territory of the Pacific Islands."

"Since the inception of Homeland Security, I've maintained that the unique needs and challenges of the territories be included in the federal reorganization process," Underwood said. " I'm especially pleased that the President recognized this, and has moved to strengthen the safety of all Americans, especially us in the territories."

The full text of the National Strategy for Homeland Security can be accessed on-line at: http://www.whitehouse.gov/homeland/book/index.html

Joseph E. Duenas Special Assistant Office of Congressman Robert A. Underwood, M.C. Guam District Office 120 Father Duenas Ave., Suite 107 Hagåtña, Guam 96910 Phone: (671) 477-4272 Fax: (671) 477-2587

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