The U.S. Department of Treasury said Del. Mike San Nicolas' bill, as currently drafted, would make funds available for payment to Guam's World War II victims and survivors.
Americans do not often like to think of their country as an empire. And yet there is no denying that it is.
Speaker Tina Muña Barnes on Monday wrote to congressional leaders in support of Del. Mike San Nicolas' bill seeking to fix delays in paying Guam's World War II reparations while also pursuing a local bill that would pay war survivors who are still alive.
The Guam Visitors Bureau board of directors approved $93,640.05 in travel expenses during Thursday's board meeting.
The funding will cover two separate trips.
Congressman Michael San Nicolas said he will “stay the course” on H.R. 1365 to ensure that all war claims are paid when the current funding is released and more becomes available.
Del. Mike San Nicolas on Thursday said Adelup's proposal to pay some 600 World War II survivors using local funds hasn;'t secured any federal concessions, which could affect the ongoing process to pay the 3,000-plus Guam war claims that were filed.
A new bill ion the Senate seeks to put Guam, Puerto Rico and other territories at par with states when it comes to Medicaid and immediate humanitarian needs.
The Leon Guerrero administration is waiting in vain for the release of the names of Guam's World War II survivors who have been awarded reparations, according to Del. Michael San Nicolas.
"Adelup will not get any list of names," San Nicolas told The Guam Daily Post. "It is confidential."
Del. Michael San Nicolas has announced that the House Armed Services Committee markup of the 2020 National Defense Authorization Act includes $403 million in buildup projects for Guam.
The measure now goes to the House floor for a vote and must then be reconciled with the Senate version of the defense spending package.
WASHINGTON, June 11 – Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) along with seven other cosponsors in the Senate, introduced legislation Tuesday to address the immediate humanitarian needs in the territories, including Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands.