Statement on Passage of the Omnibus Appropriations Act for FY 2017
Congresswoman Madeleine Z. Bordallo today issued the following statement on the passage of H.R. 244, which provides for consolidated appropriations for the remainder of fiscal year 2017.
“Today the House of Representatives passed a bill to provide funding for the federal government for the remainder of fiscal year 2017. While the bill is not perfect, it does contain several provisions that are important to Guam and the territories. Most importantly, it keeps the government funded avoiding another costly and unnecessary government shutdown.
“I am pleased that the bill increases appropriations by nearly $5 million to the Office of Insular Affairs for assistance to the territories over the previous fiscal year. These funds are critical to promoting priorities in Guam and the other territories, especially in helping to enhance health care, infrastructure, and education. The bill also provides an additional $2.9 million for maintenance assistance, and $750,000 for sustainable energy and coral reef conservation initiatives.
“The bill also provides $9.5 million for the chartering of a dry dock. I have been working diligently to ensure that we have a robust depot level ship repair capability on Guam and this is an important investment that will support jobs and future opportunities for our island. The Navy has made it clear they want a dry dock and they want a robust capability but, in austere budget times this capability is not a top priority. Since the dry dock and robust depot level ship repair capability is a requirement for the Navy the Congress has found the money to maintain this important insurance policy for the Navy. I appreciate the support of the appropriators and my colleagues on the House Armed Services Committee for continuing to address this issue. I will continue to support this capability on Guam and I hope the Navy will do the right thing and work with my office and appropriate stakeholders to further enhance the ship repair capability on Guam. It’s high time they stop sending ships abroad for repair and repair in America.”