Bordallo Statement on $2.16 Million in Additional Compact Impact Funding For GovGuam
Today, Congresswoman Madeleine Z. Bordallo (D-GU) issued the below statement following confirmation from the U.S. Department of the Interior’s Office of Insular Affairs that GovGuam will receive $2,164,545 in discretionary Compact impact funding, as a result of Congressional appropriation.
According to a letter from Assistant Secretary for Insular and International Affairs Douglas W. Domenech, this $2,164,545 for GovGuam includes $1,987,556 allocated for discretionary Compact impact funding in 2018 plus $176,989 in unexpended funding from last year, identified by the Office of Insular Affairs. The $2.16 million is in addition to the approximately $14.9 million in mandatory Compact impact funding GovGuam will also receive for 2018, similar to last year.
Earlier this year, Congresswoman Bordallo worked successfully with the House Appropriations Committee to maintain $3 million in discretionary Compact impact funding above the mandatory $30 million minimum, divided among Guam and other affected U.S. jurisdictions (Hawaii, the Northern Mariana Islands, and American Samoa) specified under the Compact of Free Association Amendments Act of 2003 (Public Law 108-188). The Trump Administration’s 2018 budget proposed eliminating discretionary Compact impact funding for Guam and other affected U.S. jurisdictions.
The Congresswoman has also championed legislation that would increase annual mandatory funding from $30 million per year to the full $185 million per year recommended by the federal Government Accountability Office (GAO) watchdog.
In February, Congresswoman Bordallo sponsored the “Compact Impact Relief Act” (H.R.4761), which outlines additional policy solutions to address Compact impact and bring more federal money and resources to Guam and the other affected U.S. jurisdictions with significant numbers of Freely Associated States (FAS) citizens. If enacted into law, the Congresswoman’s “Compact Impact Relief Act” would direct the U.S. Census Bureau to more accurately count FAS citizens in affected U.S. jurisdictions as part of the decennial census, which would then increase Guam’s share of discretionary Compact impact funding for future years.
“I thank Assistant Secretary Domenech for confirming that Guam will receive an additional $2.16 million to address Compact impact this year. This federal funding is much-needed as GovGuam’s budgetary shortfall for this year remains dire. I hope the Governor will move quickly in submitting a proposal for how this federal money will be used to improve education on Guam, as required by law,” said Congresswoman Madeleine Z. Bordallo (D-GU).