Saturday, January 30, 2010

Still no word on Guam demands

Still no word on Guam demands

Wednesday, 27 January 2010 05:22
by Therese Hart | Variety News Staff

COMPACT impact reimbursements, the military buildup, war reparations and political self-determination seem to be very touchy subjects in Washington D.C. but all Sen. Frank Blas Jr. wants to know is why Congressman Nick Rahall won't make a statement on compact impact after he had promised to do so.

During a congressional delegation visit to Guam in August last year, Blas was told that the congressman had a prepared statement regarding the matter and that he would be making it at some point during his visit.

Immediately after Rahall made his presentation during one of the lecture series held at the University of Guam, Blas asked one of Rahall's senior staff members about the promised discussion on Compact Impact. “I was informed then that a decision was made not to discuss the matter and that I was not to be told as to why,” said Blas.

Blas had brought this issue to the attention of Congresswoman Madeleine Z. Bordallo who assured him that a response will be forthcoming. However, Blas has yet to receive any response.

“I believe there has been sufficient time to gain a response as to why the Compact issue was not discussed during Mr. Rahall's visit and would appreciate an answer as promised,” wrote Blas to Bordallo.

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