Friday, June 23, 2017

Bordallo wants Agent Orange provision in Defense Act

Guam Del. Madeleine Bordallo announced provisions related to Agent Orange use on Guam, unexploded ordnance and the former Ship Repair Facility were included in the Subcommittee on Readiness's portion of the National Defense Authorization Act for fiscal 2018. 
The full markup has been reported to the House Armed Services Committee, which will review it next week. 
Bordallo, the Ranking Member of the Subcommittee, issued a news release highlighting a provision requiring the Comptroller General and Government Accountability Office independently review the federal government's handling of Agent Orange on Guam. 
Due to persistent questions "about the use of locations on Guam as a transshipment point for Agent Orange intended for use in Vietnam," the GAO must submit a findings report to the House Committee by March 22, 2018. 
"I continue to be dissatisfied with the (Defense Department's) lack of evidence to support their assertion that these toxins were never present on Guam, especially in light of information provided by members of our community and former service members," Bordallo said.

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