Leon Guerrero tells senators: Keep off the federal Covid grants

Updated: Mar 16

Governor maintains spending is within executive turf

Gov Lou Leon Guerrero

Gov. Lou Leon Guerrero is seeking to guard her spending authority over the $660 million in Covid-19 relief grants that Guam stands to receive from the newly signed $1.9 trillion American Rescue Plan.

"It is the discretion of the governors of states and territories and I have to say this is something that has been lobbied with Congress in terms of more flexibility with the use of money," Leon Guerrero said at Monday's press conference.

Three Republican senators have proposed six economic recovery bills, which they said would provide spending plan options for the new set of federal aid.

"I look at these bills by their titles and we are already doing all these bills. I respect senators that they are thinking about it. But all these programs we are already doing," she added.