REPUBLICAN CAUCUS TO SPEAKER:
HAGATNA, Guam—Yesterday, the Republican Senatorial Caucus met immediately after the Gov. Lou Leon Guerrero’s briefing with the 35th Guam Legislature at noon to discuss the Emergency Session as called by the Speaker.
The following is a statement by Minority Leader Telo Taitague, Assistant Minority Leader Louise Borja Muna, Minority Whip James C. Moylan and Senator Wil Castro. The Republican caucus is united in working on a bill that will protect and assist our people as result of the COVID 19 outbreak on Guam.
However, we are requesting that the Guam Legislature not go into session until two weeks from today in order that we may:
• Honor the fourteen (14) day precautionary self quarantine order issued by the governor and as reflected in a self-imposed guidance issued by the legislative officers in a memo issued this morning;
• Allow for ample time to draft and/or review proposed legislation relative to COVID 19;
• Provide all three branches, to include the private sector, sufficient time to institute protocols, attain data, report any impact and propose solutions so that the Guam Legislature may act upon in a transparent and bi-partisan manner; and last
• To allow the Governor’s pertinent line agencies leadership to carry out their mandates under the current emergency situation and not be stopped to address the legislature in a mandatory Committee of the Whole in order to adequately allay any concerns we have relative to the proposed appropriations measure.
The Republican caucus remains committed to a bi-partisan legislative solution that will assist the Maga’haga in carrying out her organic act authority to address the emergency situation on Guam. I Maga’haga possesses sufficient transfer authority and organic act authority under the office’s emergency powers to address any issues affecting the life, health and overall welfare of our community until such time the body may choose to provide additional supplemental aid.
For additional information concerning this media release you may contact the Office of Minority Leader Telo Taitague at 989-8356 or via e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org. (PR)