GUAM DELEGATE QUESTIONS COST OF IRAQ WAR

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By Natalie J. Quinata

HAGÅTÑA, Guam (Pacific Daily News, Feb. 3) - President Bush gave the annual State of the Union Address and laid the groundwork for the U.S. government for the upcoming year, in what Guam Delegate Madeleine Bordallo is calling an "ambitious agenda."

With plans to improve the economy and the will to find a solution to the growing Social Security problems, President Bush told the world that he was willing to work through partisan politics and ensure a better nation.

Bordallo issued a media release yesterday agreeing with many of the issues the president addressed.

"I agree that more must be done to increase opportunities in education, ensure Americans have the job skills necessary for a changing economy, support small businesses, and expand health coverage," Bordallo stated. "Because Guam and other U.S. Territories stand on the forefront of America’s homeland defense, this is an area that requires special attention."

However, Bordallo expressed some concern about President Bush’s ambitious plans to fight the war on terrorism.

"I’m concerned about the financial strains the war in Iraq, which is costing over $100 billion a year, is placing on the federal budget," Bordallo said. "This will make it even more difficult to find funding for important issues that affect Guam and other territories."

February 4, 2005

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