Monday, July 16, 2012

Fortuño again on Council of Governors - By CB Online Staff

Fortuño again on Council of Governors

By CB Online Staff

President Barack Obama has named Puerto Rico Gov. Luis Fortuño to a second term on the Council of Governors, a group established in 2010 to tighten collaboration between the federal and state governments on national security issues.
The Council of Governors, which includes five Democratic and five Republican governors, is named directly by the president. The secretaries of Defense and Homeland Security also sit on the council, as do presidential assistants for homeland security and counterterrorism, intergovernmental affairs, the U.S. Northern Command commander, the commandant of the Coast Guard, and the chief of the National Guard Bureau.
The other governors appointed to the council are: Jan Brewer (Arizona); Jack Markell (Delaware); Neil Abercrombie (Hawaii); Terry Branstad (Iowa); Martin O’Malley (Maryland); Jay Nixon (Missouri); Bob McDonnell (Virginia); Chris Gregoire (Washington); and Matt Mead (Wyoming).
“I am honored once again to accept this nomination to serve a second term as a member of this important body,” Fortuño said. “My participation has allowed me to stress the strategic importance of Puerto Rico as the nation’s Caribbean frontier and to contribute to improving intergovernmental coordination.”

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