Respicio calls on McCain to help with a Guam buildup phased-in approach
Senator Rory J. Respicio today wrote to U.S. Senator John S. McCain requesting his assistance on a phased-in approach for the Guam Buildup.
Senator McCain is a member of the U.S. Armed Services Committee and has been a vocal critic of the process and funding of the Guam Buildup.
Respicio noted in his letter that a missile defense system for Guam was part of the original buildup plan, but was eventually cancelled. Now, due to the threats from North Korea, the issue of a missile defense system has been resurrected and a Terminal High Altitude Area Defense System (THAAD) is on its way to Guam to protect our island.
"I am seeking your support to move the Guam Military Buildup forward in a similar fashion: phasing-in the more simple and necessary projects, as opposed to waiting for a Master Plan that is complete down to its last detail," said Respicio, who is the Chairman of the Committee on Rules; Federal, Foreign, & Micronesian Affairs; Human & Natural Resources; and Election Reform. "It is necessary that the Guam Military Buildup components be put in place quickly, and could independently be prioritized, with the final, more complex projects being set for sometime in the near future."
Senator Respicio also expressed his reservations about the "less-than-speedy pace" of the Master Plan being put together by the Department of Defense and asked McCain for his assistance in determining the status of the plan.
A copy of the letter is attached. For more information please call the Office of Senator Rory J. Respicio at 472-7679.