Military expansion project in Guam spurs debate

10/6/2009 | MSNBC

A $15 billion military project in Guam that will create 20,000 construction jobs has led to a debate about government spending. At this point, workers from the Philippines, China and South Korea are expected to fill most of the jobs created by the project. However, Rep. Neil Abercrombie, D-Hawaii, has inserted a provision in the defense appropriations bill that would require 70% of the jobs to go to residents of Guam or the U.S. Abercrombie argues that since the project is funded by U.S. taxes, citizens of the U.S. should get the jobs. The Pentagon, however, said the proposal would add billions to the cost of the project.

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