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Two House-Senate Conference Committees Will Decide Fate of 2012 Funding for Guam Military Buildup as Early as Next Week
Written by SHARLA TORRE MONTVEL-COHEN   
Thursday, December 08, 2011

GUAM – The battle over this year's funding and authorizations for military construction on Guam is in its final round on Capitol Hill, where final House-Senate agreement is expected next week on two bills: a massive omnibus spending package to fund the Pentagon and other federal agencies, and the annual defense authorization bill.

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Pressure to Pass Annual Spending Package Could Bring Short-Term Clarity for Guam Military Buildup
Written by SHARLA TORRE MONTVEL-COHEN   
Wednesday, December 07, 2011

GUAM – The $303 million the Department of Defense hopes Congress will appropriate this fiscal year to proceed with long-delayed military construction projects for Guam could see some movement in a massive omnibus spending bill that House and Senate appropriators must pass by early next week.

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Pentagon May Offer Key Law Makers Early Look at New Spending Plan; Revised Guam Military Buildup Timeline Likely to Be Included
Written by SHARLA TORRE MONTVEL-COHEN   
Monday, December 05, 2011

GUAM – The Department of Defense may not wait until the traditional February timeframe to reveal its spending plan for the next fiscal year. The early disclosure will be a peek into how the Pentagon plans to slim down over the next decade by about $450 billion while still increasing its resource commitment in Asia where the U.S. and Japan plan a massive troop realignment.
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UPDATE: Senate Vote Sets Up Showdown with House of Representatives Over Guam Military Buildup; President Obama supports House Version
Written by SHARLA TORRE MONTVEL-COHEN   
Friday, December 02, 2011

GUAM – The Senate passed its version of the 2012 National Defense Authorization Act on Thursday evening in Washington, finally clearing the way for a compromise bill to be hammered out in joint conference with the House of Representatives.
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Japanese Defense Minister Disciplines Official, Apologizes to Okinawans, Tries to Regain Momentum for Futenma Replacement Air Base
Written by SHARLA TORRE MONTVEL-COHEN   
Thursday, December 01, 2011

GUAM – Japan's Defense Minister moved quickly to discipline his bureau chief in Okinawa for a careless comment allegedly made Monday that hurt the government's efforts to foster understanding among local residents for the U.S.-Japan plan to relocate a Marine air base on the island's fragile eastern coast.

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Latest Drawback in Tokyo’s Quest to Build Understanding with Okinawans on Marine Basing Issue
Written by SHARLA TORRE MONTVEL-COHEN   
Wednesday, November 30, 2011

GUAM – Tokyo's efforts to gain Okinawan understanding for the U.S.-Japan troop realignment plan that would move a problematic Marine air base to the island's fragile eastern coast took a step backward on Monday. A member of Tokyo's Defense Ministry reportedly made an offensive comment about the island prefecture during a conversation about the environmental assessment study for the new base.

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Senate Democrats Aim to Solve 2012 Appropriations, Including Military Construction for Guam, Through Omnibus Spending Bill in December
Written by SHARLA TORRE MONTVEL-COHEN   
Tuesday, November 29, 2011

GUAM – Democrats in the U.S. Senate announced Monday in Washington that they intend to push through legislation that lumps together overdue 2012 appropriations bills -- including ones affecting funding for the Guam military buildup -- into a single, massive omnibus spending package.

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Pentagon Caught in Chess Game: While Obama Moves to Force a Deficit Deal, Republican Defense Hawks Rally to Undo Trigger Cuts; More Waiting for Guam Military Buildup
Written by SHARLA TORRE MONTVEL-COHEN   
Monday, November 28, 2011

GUAM – Powerful Republicans in Congress want to reconfigure sequester budget cuts to defense that have become all but imminent since last week's failure by the super committee to produce a deficit reduction plan.

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