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Senate panel cuts more Guam relocation funds

Date Posted: 2010-07-23

Financial aspects of the proposed relocation of 8,000 U.S. Marines from Okinawa to Guam are causing concerns for the military as the Senate Appropriations Committee has voted to slash $320 million in funding for the project.

The Senate move, which cut the proposed budget 70%, comes on the heels of a House of Representatives committee that did the same thing. Three of four Congressional panels screening and studying the budget for the Okinawa-to-Guam move have now cut the requested funds. The funding request was part of an amendment to the defense authorization bill covering October 2010 through September 2011. The House panel had cut the plan by 61%, or $279.2 million.

The funding is necessary for the project, which links relocating Futenma Marine Corps Air Station from Ginowan City to northern Okinawa with the Marines transfer. The agreement on the move was accomplished in 2006, and is supposed to be completed by 2014.

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