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Temporary Budget Extensions Add to Guam Military Buildup Planning Headaches
Written by SHARLA TORRE MONTVEL-COHEN   
Friday, November 25, 2011

GUAM - Nearly two months into the current fiscal year, Congress continues to let slide its decision on a 2012 budget for defense and most other federal agencies. Lawmakers last week passed only three out of a dozen appropriations bills needed to keep the government running, and opted to bridge the gap with yet another temporary funding extension, the third such continuing resolution in since the Oct. 1 start of the fiscal year.

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As Super Committee Fails, Pressure Mounts to Avoid Blanket Budget Slashing at Pentagon; Yearlong Freeze for Guam Military Buildup Can Still Be Avoided
Written by SHARLA TORRE MONTVEL-COHEN   
Wednesday, November 23, 2011

 

GUAM – The super committee conceded Monday in Washington that it will not meet its Wednesday deadline to submit a deficit reduction plan, setting the nation on a path to across-the-board budget cuts to U.S. domestic and defense programs, affecting budgets for ten years beginning in fiscal year 2013. The failure could cast a yearlong freeze in the military buildup program meant to prepare Guam to base thousands of Marines from Okinawa.

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Deficit Committee Expected to Fail; Sets Up Year More of Limbo for Guam Military Buildup
Written by SHARLA TORRE MONTVEL-COHEN   
Monday, November 21, 2011

GUAM – Despite a flurry of last-minute proposals and meetings to hammer out a bipartisan deficit reduction plan, the super committee looks set to fail its mandate and miss its Nov. 23 deadline for a deal. The missed deadline to agree on a plan for shrinking the U.S. deficit by at least $1.2 trillion will trigger across-the-board cuts of domestic and defense spending, with the Pentagon taking the biggest hit.

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Secretary Clinton, Japan’s Gemba Stress Futenma Replacement Will Proceed; Panetta and Dempsey Call on Congress to Solve Budget
Written by SHARLA TORRE MONTVEL-COHEN   
Monday, November 14, 2011

Editor's Note: This story first broke over the weekend in the Guam Buildup News e-newsletter and is made available now at the web site.

GUAM – More affirmation for troop realignment in Japan came from Secretary of State Hillary Clinton this week on the sidelines of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation summit meeting.

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Guam Company Wins $7 Million Tree Trimming and Grounds Maintenance Contract for Various Military Facilities
Written by GBN STAFF   
Saturday, November 12, 2011

GUAM – The Navy awarded a $7.13 million contract to Guam Cleaning Masters of Dededo for grounds maintenance and tree trimming at various military installations throughout the island, according to a Defense Department announcement.

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As Super Committee Democrats Reject Latest Republican Deal, Panetta Calls on Congress to ‘Show Some Leadership’
Written by SHARLA TORRE MONTVEL-COHEN   
Thursday, November 10, 2011

GUAM –Democrats on the deficit super committee rejected a new Republican proposal this week to reach a deal before the Nov. 23 deadline, prolonging congressional paralysis over Pentagon cuts that could affect the Guam military buildup.

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Impact of Significant Pentagon Cuts: Secretary Panetta Says Asia-Pacific Presence a Priority, Confirms Commitment to “Establishment of an Operational Marine Presence on Guam”
Written by SHARLA TORRE MONTVEL-COHEN   
Tuesday, November 08, 2011

GUAM – U.S. Defense Secretary Leon Panetta spoke recently in more detail than ever about the nation's strategy for military forces in the Asia-Pacific region and Guam's role in the Pentagon's plan to reassert and enhance America's Pacific presence.

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With Past Appropriations Sitting Unused, Navy Needs Reassurance from Congress to Spend; Guam Projects Remain in Limbo
Written by SHARLA TORRE MONTVEL-COHEN   
Monday, November 07, 2011

GUAM – A little reassurance – not more money (at least not yet) -- from Congress could shake loose some much-needed stimulus for the local economy.
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