Bordallo Responds to Calvo’s Request to Support S. 2165
Congresswoman Madeleine Z. Bordallo today responded to Governor Calvo’s letter regarding her support of legislation introduced in the U.S. Senate by Sen. Bernie Sanders, S. 2165, Puerto Rico and Virgin Islands Equitable Rebuild Act of 2017.
Congresswoman Bordallo is the cosponsor of companion legislation in the House of Representatives, H.R. 4782, which while similar to S. 2165, goes further to include Guam. Congresswoman Bordallo will push for the adoption of the House bill, which provides for parity for all the territories.
“It has always been my priority in Congress to ensure that Guam and the territories are treated equitably. While the Senate was focused on legislation primarily for disaster recovery for Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands following last year’s devastating hurricanes, my House colleagues and I understand that all territories experience similar challenges with federal programs. This is why we introduced companion legislation in the House, also named the Puerto Rico and Virgin Islands Equitable Rebuild Act, but ours incorporates many of the provisions to Guam and the other Pacific territories. The House companion bill of which I am a cosponsor includes many of our priorities, including cover over for EITC, fixes to Medicaid, reimbursement solutions for Guam Memorial Hospital, and others. My House colleagues will push for our bill to be adopted should we go to conference with the Senate bill. I will also continue to work closely with Governor Calvo to use the One Guam voice to approach issues important to our people.”