- By Pacific Islands Times News Staff
House panel OKs $335 million in infrastructure funding for Guam
Guam will get a share of $335 million out of nearly $1 billion in infrastructure funding approved by the House Natural Resources Committee for U.S. territories.
Congressman Michael San Nicolas said the committee appropriated $993 million for insular areas under the budget reconciliation package passed Friday.
"We are very pleased that the measure includes infrastructure budgetary allotments for the Department of the Interior as we need funding for critical infrastructure in our insular territories, paramount of which is a modern hospital and medical facility on Guam," San Nicolas said.
"We continue to work on ensuring this navigates through the Senate, and remain optimistic for a favorable outcome," he added.
He noted that the intent to use up to $300 million in American Rescue Plan funds allocated to the local government remains in limbo after months of waiting.
"Final enactment of the funding for DOI will remedy this federally freeing up that locked up ARP relief money for the purposes it is intended - to help our people with relief and recovery from the adverse impacts of the pandemic - and we urge local government planning to get in front of this and prepare so our people do not have to wait," San Nicolas said.