Trump signs HR 1365

President Trump has signed H.R. 1365, which makes technical corrections to the Guam World War II Loyalty Recognition Act. This will pave the way for reimbursements of local funds used by the local government to send checks to war survivors, whose war reparation claims have been adjudicated

"As signed today by President Trump, H.R. 1365 authorizes Treasury to distribute funds that have been accumulating in the Guam World War II Claims Fund since 2017 to legal beneficiaries on Guam," states a press release from the Department of the Interior

The U.S. legislation, passed by the House and Senate, authorizes the U.S. Department of the Treasury to issue payments to survivors of Guam’s occupation by Imperial Japanese Forces during World War II.

“As I noted in my letters to the U.S. Congress encouraging expedited consideration of this legislation, today’s action will bring to close a dark chapter for the people of Guam,” U.S. Department of the Interior Secretary David Bernhardt said. “This is another example of the support that President Trump continues to provide for American families in the territories.”

“Interior has worked closely with the White House, Treasury, Guam Congressman Michael San Nicolas, Guam Governor Lourdes Leon Guerrero, and others in support of making these fixes and passing this legislation,” said Douglas Domenech, Interior Assistant Secretary, Insular and International Affairs. “We are pleased to see this result for the remaining survivors and their families who have been waiting for a very long time.”

Under Guam’s Organic Act, federal income taxes, known as Section 30 taxes, are derived from active members of the United States Armed Forces and pensions paid to retired civilian and military employees of the United States who reside on Guam.

Every year, these Section 30 taxes are “covered-over” or sent to the Government of Guam to support their operations, activities, and programs. The Department of the Interior’s Offic