Governor: emergency declaration necessary to keep federal aid flowing

Leon Guerrero seeks to shield turf; insists emergency declaration is an executive duty

Guam Gov Lou Leon Guerrero

Gov. Lou Leon Guerrero said Friday she will continue to place Guam under public health emergency "for as long as necessary" to keep federal assistance rolling in.

"In order for us to get this financial aid, we have to be a declared public health emergency and by law the individual who does that is the governor," Leon Guerrero said at a press conference.

The governor has been at odds with Republican senators over Bill 11-6, which would require a legislative review and approval for an emergency declaration.

"I made myself very clear: it is totally irresponsible; it’s dangerous legislation," Leon Guerrero said, vowing to veto the bill if it reached her desk.