Marine Corps Awards $165.89M for Buildup Project
Hagåtña, GU – Congresswoman Madeleine Z. Bordallo today issued the following statement on the U.S. Marine Corps' award of $165.89 million for utilities and site improvements at Finegayan in support of the realignment of Marines from Okinawa to Guam.
“Today's contract award is a clear demonstration of the Marine Corps' commitment to Guam and the continued progress we are making to move forward with the realignment. The funds, which were provided by the Government of Japan, will be used to support utilities enhancement and site improvements, as well as environmental mitigation and cultural preservation, at Finegayan in preparation for construction of the Marine Corps' main cantonment site. This is a significant step forward for the buildup as it is the first award since the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, in collaboration with the Department of Navy, issued the biological opinion. I am committed to ensuring that Guam's workforce issues are resolved to support all civilian and military construction needs on Guam. I will continue to push for my provision in the NDAA to give USCIS flexibility in approving H-2B visas for workers in our military construction and health care industries, as well as efforts to provide a broader solution for Guam and the region. I look forward to the awardee partnering with local businesses and providing opportunities for our people as the contract is carried out.”