The U.S. House of Representatives has given the thumbs-up on H.R. 1365, which would correct technical errors in the Guam World War II Loyalty Recognition Act.
“The unanimous passage of HR 1365 is a testament of the full support Guam has in both Parties to bring closure to our Greatest Generation,” said Guam Delegate Michael San Nicolas, author of Bill 1365.
HR 1365 would address the insufficiency of the language in the original law that prevents the release of Section 30 funds that are being set aside to pay Guam WWII Survivor Claims.
“The Republican Party of Guam was instrumental in securing this unanimous vote and deserves special recognition for working with my Democrat office on behalf of the people of Guam,” San Nicolas said. “This outcome exonerates the local distractions critical of our work and sends a clear message that the people’s agenda in Washington DC is best served by supporting this office of the people.”
Gov. Lou Leon Guerrero welcomed the House’s action on HR 1365, which is now headed to the U.S. Senate.
“I congratulate Congressman San Nicolas for his continued determination to usher this very important legislation through the Congressional legislative process,” the governor said.
“We look forward to the bill’s consideration by the U.S. Senate as soon as possible and we will assist however we can to ensure that the U.S. Treasury is able to spend funding given to them by the Department of the Interior to award claims to survivors and heirs,” Leon Guerrero added.
In the meantime, she said the administration will “continue working with the Guam Legislature and the Trump Administration to create a local program that could bring such closure, parity, and justice sooner to our remaining survivors of Guam’s World War II occupation.”
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