Trump's Budget Would Cut Millions In Federal Funding For Guam

Compact Impact, brown tree snake control funds slashed in proposal

By Jerick Sablan and Shawn Raymundo

HAGÅTÑA, Guam (Pacific Daily News, May 24, 2017) – President Donald Trump's budget would cut millions of dollars in federal funding for Guam, including $3 million that helps offset the impact of regional migrants to the island and $650,000 to control the invasive brown tree snake.

And it does not provide funding to pay war claims for Guam, according to Guam Del. Madeleine Bordallo, in a written statement Wednesday morning. If there is no separate funding source, the payment of war claims will come from the island's annual Section 30 funding, according to a war claims law written by Bordallo. 

"I continue to work to find an alternative funding solution that does not rely on Section 30, but the president’s budget does make that case more difficult," she stated. "I hope that Governor Calvo will weigh in with the administration and support my efforts on war claims."

The president's fiscal 2018 budget "decimates critical programs administered by the Office of Insular Affairs," she stated.

"Significant military construction investments proposed for Guam will strengthen our military’s presence in the region, and contribute to Guam’s economy. While I do believe that we need to strengthen our national security and protect our country, his proposal guts our national security apparatus that goes well beyond DOD investment."

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