Muna-Barnes: Not a rubber-stamp legislature

Speaker Tina Muna Barnes

Newly elected members of the 35th Guam Legislature were sworn into office on Monday, with grand promises to reform the government, cap its burgeoning debt and cease its structural deficit.

In her inaugural speech at the Guam Congress building in Hagatna, newly installed Speaker Tina Muna-Barnes vowed collaboration with the Democratic administration, but assured that the Democratic Party-led legislature will not be a rubber-stamp body.

Guam’s policy-making process-- a reflection of the nation’s political landscape -- is historically marred by partisan politics, characterized by bickering between the executive and legislative branches of government, as each branch was typically ruled by rival political parties.

“That is not the case today,” Muna-Barnes noted.

In the 2018 general elections, Guam voters elected the Democratic Party's gubernatorial team, Gov. Lou Leon Guerrero and Lt. Gov. Joshua Tenorio, along with mostly Democratic senatorial candidates.

“We want collaboration, instead of conflict,” Muna-Barnes said. “We want to solve problems, not lay blame; and we know the people of Guam want that too.”