Bordallo Named as Fiscal Year 2019 NDAA Conferee
Rep. Adam Smith (D-WA) and Rep. Mac Thornberry (R-TX), Ranking Member and Chairman of the House Armed Services Committee, nominated Congresswoman Madeleine Bordallo to serve on the House-Senate Conference committee to resolve the differences in the Fiscal Year 2019 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA).
As the top Democrat on the Readiness Subcommittee and a senior member of the House Armed Services Committee, Congresswoman Bordallo was selected to work with the Senate to determine the final language in this year’s defense authorization bill before final passage and being signed into law. The House bill included provisions that would provide H-2B worker relief on Guam and codify into law the Department of Defense’s “net-negative” commitment to ensure the Department holds less land at the conclusion of the Marine realignment than it did when the program started. Furthermore, the House bill included over $377 million in military construction projects on Guam and would protect Guam’s former Ship Repair Facility from being developed for use other than depot-level ship maintenance.
“It is my honor to again be selected as a House conferee and work on finalizing this incredibly important legislation. The NDAA provides our military with the critical resources they need to complete training and missions both at home and abroad. The H-2B visa relief and net-negative provisions I included in the House bill are important to me and the people of Guam. I look forward to working with my colleagues in both chambers to reconcile the differences between our two defense bills, together we will ensure that Guam and our national interests in the Pacific region are prioritized during this process,” said Congresswoman Madeleine Z. Bordallo.