GUAM’S BORDALLO RAISES CONCERN OVER COMPACT COSTS

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GUAM’S BORDALLO RAISES CONCERN OVER COMPACT COSTS

SAIPAN, CNMI (Marianas Variety, June 20) - Congresswoman
Madeleine Bordallo yesterday issued a statement before the House Committee of
International Relations expressing her concerns about the Compact agreement
between the U.S. and the Federated States of Micronesia and the Marshall
Islands. 

The congresswoman expressed her support for the renewal of the
Compact agreement, but cautioned the committee that there are significant issues
regarding Compact impact reimbursements to Guam. 

"The government of Guam has incurred significant costs over
the past 17 years due to this migration, and we have been inadequately
reimbursed by the federal government," Bordallo, D-Guam, said. "The
immigration policy should go hand in hand with an adequate reimbursement policy
for Compact-impact costs." 

Bordallo also expressed her concerns about how budget
constraints might affect economic and social development policy in the
region.   

Bordallo said the implementation of Compact assistance in the
Pacific region must be carefully examined.  She said there could be many
unintended consequences to actions taken in Washington that fail to take into
account the unique situation encountered by governments in the insular areas.

June 20, 2003

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