Sunday, April 14, 2024
Hawai'i Free Press

Current Articles | Archives

Wednesday, July 28, 2010
Djou: Not realigning forces to Guam a “major geopolitical mistake”
By News Release @ 11:03 PM :: 13248 Views :: Maui County, Education K-12, Energy, Environment, National News, Ethics, World News, Family


Washington, DC — Congressman Charles K. Djou (HI-01) gave the following speech from the floor of the U.S. House today during consideration of the Military Construction and Veterans Affairs and Related Agencies Appropriations Act:

Watch the speech HERE. 

“Mr. Speaker, thank you for giving me the opportunity to express my disappointment that my amendment was not allowed to be submitted to this body.

“I specifically wanted to highlight my amendment which was asking to restore funding for the relocation of American forces away from Okinawa to Guam as requested by President Obama. I think it is a major mistake that this body is not going to support the President's request for relocation of American forces.

“As a Member of the Armed Services Committee and a Member that represents a large portion of the Pacific Fleet in Hawaii, I support restoring funds for the construction to further the realignment of Marine Corps forces from Okinawa to Guam in H.R. 5822. The committee reduced the appropriation request submitted by the President by 50%. The Guam realignment would be one of the largest moves of military forces in decades. Postponement of construction of necessary military facilities and infrastructure will cause unnecessary delay and threatens our geopolitical positioning in the Asia-Pacific region. My amendment was also completely offset by reallocating funds from military construction requests that were put above what President Obama had asked for.

“Mr. Speaker and Members, I want to highlight to this body that two days ago, the United States Armed Forces began the largest war game operation in the Korean Peninsula in the Yellow Sea since the end of the Cold War. The reason we entered these war game operations is because of the instability that continues to unfortunately exist in East Asia and the Korean Peninsula.

“By failing to support the President in reallocating sufficient funding to establish new force location in Guam, over the short-term we might be OK, but over the long-term this is a major geopolitical mistake that this Congress is making.

“I hope that Congress reconsiders. I hope the Senate reexamines this, and I am disappointed I was unable to offer this amendment on this very important and serious matter.”


Congressman Djou’s amendment would’ve restored, through offsets, the necessary funding to one of the largest movements of military assets in decades while helping to maintain a robust military presence in the Asia-Pacific region.

Congressman Djou’s amendment would’ve increased funding for military construction projects necessary to realign Marine Corps forces to Guam.  The funds would come from offsets within H.R. 5822:

Major and Minor Military Construction Projects.  The amendment would reallocate $52.9 million in funds from major and minor military construction projects ($26.488 million for major projects, and $26.45 million for minor projects).  A total of $55 million over the President’s request was appropriated, and these funds derive from this.

BRAC 1990 Environmental Cleanup.   The amendment would reallocate $100 million from the backlog of environmental cleanup for bases that were closed during the four previous BRAC rounds.  A total of $100 million over the President’s request was appropriated, and your funds derive from this.

Trainee Troop Housing Initiative.  The amendment would reallocate $120 million from the Army’s program to modernize troop housing facilities for trainees.

Finally, the amendment was completely offset by reallocating funds mostly from military construction accounts funded above the President’s request.  The reallocation of funds would still be creating jobs through military construction.

The CBO estimated that the amendment would have no dollar amount impact on the budget and would, in fact, reduce FY 2012 overlays by $36 million.

Congressman Djou’s amendment would’ve provided much-needed resources to transfer military personnel and their dependents in a safe and fiscally sound manner. 


Just for comparison purposes, here is what Rep Djou’s predecessor wanted to do with Guam:  Follow the money: $10B Guam pork project benefits Abercrombie contributor,


TEXT "follow HawaiiFreePress" to 40404

Register to Vote


808 Silent Majority

Aloha Pregnancy Care Center


Antonio Gramsci Reading List

A Place for Women in Waipio

Ballotpedia Hawaii

Broken Trust

Build More Hawaiian Homes Working Group

Christian Homeschoolers of Hawaii

Cliff Slater's Second Opinion

DVids Hawaii


Fix Oahu!

Frontline: The Fixers

Genetic Literacy Project

Grassroot Institute

Hawaii Aquarium Fish Report

Hawaii Aviation Preservation Society

Hawaii Catholic TV

Hawaii Christian Coalition

Hawaii Cigar Association

Hawaii ConCon Info

Hawaii Debt Clock

Hawaii Defense Foundation

Hawaii Family Forum

Hawaii Farmers and Ranchers United

Hawaii Farmer's Daughter

Hawaii Federalist Society

Hawaii Federation of Republican Women

Hawaii History Blog

Hawaii Homeschool Association

Hawaii Jihadi Trial

Hawaii Legal News

Hawaii Legal Short-Term Rental Alliance

Hawaii Matters

Hawaii's Partnership for Appropriate & Compassionate Care

Hawaii Public Charter School Network

Hawaii Rifle Association

Hawaii Shippers Council

Hawaii Smokers Alliance

Hawaii State Data Lab

Hawaii Together



Hiram Fong Papers

Homeschool Legal Defense Hawaii

Honolulu Moms for Liberty

Honolulu Navy League

Honolulu Traffic

House Minority Blog

Imua TMT

Inouye-Kwock, NYT 1992

Inside the Nature Conservancy

Inverse Condemnation

Investigative Project on Terrorism

July 4 in Hawaii

Kakaako Cares

Keep Hawaii's Heroes

Land and Power in Hawaii

Legislative Committee Analysis Tool

Lessons in Firearm Education

Lingle Years

Managed Care Matters -- Hawaii

Malama Pregnancy Center of Maui

Military Home Educators' Network Oahu

Missile Defense Advocacy

MIS Veterans Hawaii

NAMI Hawaii

National Christian Foundation Hawaii

National Parents Org Hawaii

NFIB Hawaii News

No GMO Means No Aloha

Not Dead Yet, Hawaii

NRA-ILA Hawaii

Oahu Alternative Transport


OHA Lies

Opt Out Today

Patients Rights Council Hawaii

PEACE Hawaii

People vs Machine

Practical Policy Institute of Hawaii

Pritchett Cartoons

Pro-GMO Hawaii


Rental by Owner Awareness Assn

ReRoute the Rail

Research Institute for Hawaii USA

Rick Hamada Show

RJ Rummel

Robotics Organizing Committee

School Choice in Hawaii

Sink the Jones Act

Statehood for Guam

Talking Tax

Tax Foundation of Hawaii

The Real Hanabusa

Time Out Honolulu

Trustee Akina KWO Columns

UCC Truths

US Tax Foundation Hawaii Info

VAREP Honolulu

West Maui Taxpayers Association

What Natalie Thinks

Whole Life Hawaii