H.R. 7986 entitled the Native Chamorro Equity Act was introduced in the 116th Congress by Congressman Michael San Nicolas to create a means to identify qualified Native Chamorro companies as 8(a) firms eligible for federal set-aside, sole-source, and general contracts.
In a letter to Governor Lou Leon Guerrero, Congressman San Nicolas advises a review of the Pennsylvania program utilizing state and local CARES Act funds for compensating essential workers.
"Essential workers have held us up and kept us going, and we need to compensate that accordingly," opened Congressman San Nicolas.
As part of the appropriations Bill for Homeland Security being considered by the House of Representatives, Congressman Tiffany of Wisconsin attempted to move an amendment to defund Visa Waivers for Guam and the CNMI.
With the recent discovery of unidentified remains within the Magua site of the ongoing military buildup, Congressman San Nicolas urged caution with Joint Region Marianas, in line with federal obligations the military respects.
In a vote of 295 yea / 125 nay the 2021 NDAA H.R. 6395 has passed the U.S. House of Representatives with bi-partisan support.
Significantly, H.R. 6395 contains language to extend H-2B exemptions for civillian labor projects on Guam, and also includes an additional $662,830,000 in military buildup projects.
As part of H.R. 6395 the "William M. (Mac) Thornberry National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) for Fiscal Year 2021," Guam has secured consideration for amendment language to authorize H-2B labor on Guam for civilian projects.
In a letter to Governor Lou Leon Guerrero, Congressman San Nicolas forwarded a copy of a rental assistance program from Irvine, California, using CARES Act funds for rental assistance.
The establishment of the PPP under the CARES Act passed by the Congress has been a private sector lifeline for the Guam economy and Guam jobs.
Recent reports from the SBA and Treasury show that 297 businesses have received large PPP loans of $150,000 or more, and have resulted in saving 18,026 jobs.
With the passage of H.R. 7301 in the House, the fate of rental and mortgage assistance lies in the hands of the Republican controlled Senate.
The passage of H.R. 7301 in the House now has the measure with the Senate, where the fate of mortgage and rental assistance awaits.