Calvo seeks inclusion of Guam in territorial funding bill

Gov. Eddie is seeking the inclusion of Guam in a U.S. Senate bill that would provide Puerto Rico and Virgin Islands appropriations for health programs and unfunded federal mandates such as the Earned Income Tax Credit.

“I urge you to please revitalize efforts to have Guam reimbursed for EITC by including all territories in S.2165,” Gov. Eddie Calvo said in a letter to Guam’s delegate to Congress Madeleine Bordallo.

U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders introduced S.2165 — the Puerto Rico and Virgin Islands Equitable Rebuild Act of 2017 — in November. If passed into federal law, would appropriate money to the two U.S. territories for disaster recovery, eliminate the Medicaid cap, rebase Medicare targets for territories’ hospitals based on a 12-month cost reporting for FY2015; and reimburse them for EITC payouts to the working poor. Bordallo said the companion legislation in the House of Representatives, H.R. 4782, includes Guam.