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.
With the PPP originally expiring June 30, the Congress has extended the time available for applicants to qualify for over $100 Billion in remaining PPP funds to August 8th.
Echoing sentiments raised by Congressman San Nicolas in a hearing last week with Federal Reserve (FED) Chairman Jerome Powell, Financial Services Committee Chairwoman Maxine Waters followed up with Powell to get Guam and territories access to the Municipal Liquidity Facility (MLF).