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  • By Pacific Island Times Nes Staff

US territories to get more funds under 2020 federal budget proposal

President Donald Trump’s 4.75 trillion federal budget for fiscal 2020 includes a $611-million allocation for Guam, other U.S. territories and freely associated states.

The proposed allocation for U.S. territories and FAS is $3 million more than the funding level in fiscal 2019.

"The 2020 budget request prioritizes the Department's mission to fulfill our insular area responsibilities in the Caribbean as well as in the Pacific," said Doug Domenech, U.S. assistant secretary of the Interior for Insular and International Affairs.

The proposed $611-million allocation would be distributed among Guam, the CNMI, American Samoa and the U.S. Virgin Islands, as well as freely associated states— Palau, Federated States of Micronesia and Marshall Islands.

“The proposed budget represents action to strengthen economic and health capacities in the U.S. territories while also fulfilling U.S. obligations to the freely associated states,” Domenech added.

The budget proposal for U.S. territories consists of $526.6 million in mandatory funding and $84.1 million in discretionary appropriations.

Trump’s 2020 budget proposal, the largest in U.S. history, includes $8.6 billion for his controversial plan to build a wall along the U.S./Mexico border, and another $750 billion for the military — more than the Pentagon requested.

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