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U.S. Senate Nixes Spending on Marines Transfer to Guam

Date Posted: 2011-12-09

The U.S. Senate has approved a fiscal 2012 national defense authorization bill that exclude a White House request for funds to cover a planned transfer of Marines from Okinawa, southern Japan, to Guam.

The administration of President Barack Obama requested some $156 million for the relocation, but the Senate balked. As the House of Representatives earlier approved the full amount for the transfer, the Senate and the House are expected to hold talks to seek a compromise later this month.

The Senate bill includes a clause to ban spending on the planned transfer of Marines unless tangible progress is made on the controversial plan to relocate the Marine Corps' Futenma air station in Okinawa. The House and the Senate are also divided over an appropriations bill on spending on individual projects related to the Marines transfer. They will seek a compromise on this as well.

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