Guam Del. Madeleine Bordallo (D), who has served as ranking member on the House Armed Services’ Readiness Subcommittee since 2011 and championed multiple issues critical to defense communities, lost her Democratic primary last month, bringing to a close a 16-year congressional career. As the island’s lone voice in Washington, Bordallo secured millions of dollars in DOD funding for community infrastructure on Guam needed to accommodate the relocation of thousands of Marines from Okinawa.
In 2016, she led an effort — along with ADC and the Defense Communities Caucus — to defeat an amendment to the fiscal 2017 defense authorization bill that would have severely restricted the Office of Economic Adjustment’s defense industry adjustment, compatible use and BRAC assistance programs, and eliminated the agency’s research and technical assistance efforts. In response to the opposition, Rep. Steve Russell (R-Okla.) decided against offering his amendment to the defense policy bill.
From 2010 thru 2014, Bordallo introduced legislation to amend the Sikes Act to provide DOD greater flexibility to use cooperative agreements and other innovative authorities to protect sensitive habitats on its installations while still using the lands for training activities. She also worked to expand the authorities available to DOD’s Readiness and Environmental Protection Integration program.
Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Tia Dufour