Hafa Adai and good morning Members of the Task Force, Assistant Administrator Callender, ladies and gentlemen. I am pleased to join you for the 39th annual meeting of the U.S. Coral Reef Task Force. I appreciate Secretary Zinke hosting us here today at the Interior Department and NOAA for coordinating this Task Force meeting.
Hafa Adai Acting Governor Tenorio, Speaker Cruz, Chief Justice Maraman, members of the consular corps, military leaders, distinguished guests, and my dear people of Guam:
Congresswoman Madeleine Z. Bordallo testifies before the House Committee on Rules, Subcommittee on Rules and Organization of the House to request amending the Rules for the 115th Congress to grant voting rights to the Delegates and Resident Commissioner in the Committee of the Whole on the State of the Union.
Hafa adai and thank you for the opportunity to be with you this afternoon. I thank Chamber Chairman Laura-Lynn Dacany, President Catherine Castro, Previous Chamber Chamber Jeff Jones and all the Chamber’s leadership for inviting me to speak with you during your first general meeting of 2016.
Hafa Adai and thank you all for being here this afternoon. I am delighted to join you to celebrate the passage of H.R. 774, the Illegal, Unreported and Unregulated Fishing Enforcement Act, which includes Port State Measures that are critical to fighting illegal fishing within our EEZs.
Hafa adai and good morning ladies and gentlemen. Governor Calvo, MARAD Administrator Chip Jaenichen, Members of the Port Authority’s Board of Directors, General Manager Joann Brown, Port employees, and other distinguished guests. I am very happy to be here with you this morning to officially dedicate the expansion of the Port Authority of Guam.
Let me begin by asking everyone to rise for a moment of silence to honor the late Speaker Franklin J.A. Quitugua and Speaker Ben Pangelinan both faithful public servants for whom our island owes a debt of gratitude
It’s good to be back on island, and I thank you all for joining me for this ceremonial swearing in ceremony. I thank Chief Judge Frances Tydingco-Gatewood and the staff of the District Court of Guam for organizing and hosting this morning’s ceremony.
Thank you, again, for the opportunity to speak before this very distinguished group gathered here on Guam. I want to recognize the leadership of Carl Peterson, Joe Arnett, Juan Carlos Benitez, Gerry Perez, and John Brown of GUASA as well as Paul Giarra and Patrick Cronin for organizing this event.