PNC :: Bordallo Meets with Interior Secretary Salazar
Thursday, 28 January 2010
Guam - In Washington Wednesday, Congresswoman Madeleine Bordallo met with Interior Secretary Ken Salazar and his Assistant Secretary Deputy for Insular Affairs, Tony Babauta.
The meeting took place on the sidelines of the Congressional Asian Pacific American Caucus (CAPAC).
Secretary Salazar was invited by members of the caucus to present him with priorities important to their districts and the Asian American and Pacific Islander community. Also in attendance at today’s meeting was the Honorable Tony Babauta, Assistant Secretary of Insular Areas at the U.S. Department of the Interior.
“During today’s meeting with Secretary Salazar, I thanked him for his support in the inclusion of H.R. 44 in last year’s discussion of the National Defense Authorization Act for 2010,” Congresswoman Madeleine Z. Bordallo said today. “Secretary Salazar reiterated the Obama Administration’s support in resolving the issue of Guam War Claims this year. I also expressed the importance of the Department of the Interior in addressing civilian infrastructure issues on Guam in preparation of the military buildup and the expected increase in population.
"Secretary Salazar shared my concerns and assured me that these issues are being heard by senior officials within the Administration, and he would work towards securing federal support for civilian infrastructure funding. I also raised the issue of Compact-Impact reimbursement for Guam to the Secretary. He informed me that he was aware of the issue and has offered to work with Guam, through Assistant Secretary Babauta, on addressing this issue.”
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