On Aug. 13 the Subcommittee on Insular Affairs of the House Committee on Natural Resources led by Donna M. Christiansen the Virgin Islands’ delegate to Congress and committee chair; held an oversight field hearing "U.S. Military Buildup on Guam and Challenges Facing the Community " in the University of Guam’s College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences Lecture Hall.
Christiansen described the event in a press release dated Aug. 2 as "the first Congressional hearing [on Guam] in decades." Witnesses presenting testimony for the hearing were on an invitation-only basis though the event was open to the public. The subcommittee encouraged those interested in submitting testimony to do so via email no later than Aug. 27.
The hearing consisted of three panels which gave the subcommittee an opportunity to hear witness from military and island officials including Retired Marine Maj. Gen. David F. Bice executive director of the Joint Guam Program Office; Gov. Felix P. Camacho Simon A. Sanchez II general manager of Guam Dry Cleaning and chairman of the Consolidated Commission on Utilities; and members of the 29th Guam Legislature including Sen. Judith T. Won Pat minority leader; among others.
In response to public criticism about the invitation-only opportunity to testify Bordallo and Christensen invited the public to a follow up town hall meeting on Aug. 16 at the Hilton Guam Resort & Spa. The public was invited to attend "" and give testimony "" at the follow up event.
According to a release dated Aug. 15 "All statements provided at the town hall meeting either verbally or in writing will be transcribed into an official record that will supplement the transcript from the oversight hearing that was held by the Subcommittee on Insular Affairs of the House Committee on Natural Resources on Monday August 13 2007 at the University of Guam." MBJ