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Guam - Guam Congresswoman Madeleine Bordallo has issued a statement saying that she is "extremely disappointed" that the Guam War Claims Provision was stripped from the Senate's Omnibus Territories Act.
The Congresswoman says that Guam War Claims was removed, even though it included an offset provision that she introduced which would have utilized additional Section 30 funds to pay war reparations.
She explains that the Omnibus bill could only pass on unanimous consent, which requires all Senators to approve of the text of the bill. But several U.S. Senators continue to object to this bill on ideological grounds
She said those Senators are Lamar Alexander of Tennessee, John Barrasso of Wyoming, Mike Lee of Utah, and Tim Scott of South Carolina.
Also removed from the Act was a provision that would have increased the waiver on local matching funds for Federal grants to $500-thousand dollars.
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The Congresswoman says in a release that she is extremely disappointed because "the latest version of the bill addressed every concern that has been raised by conservatives, and it would have had no impact on federal spending," but she says "several U.S. Senators continue to object to this bill on ideological grounds and have fundamental objections with opening reparations for any group.”
The Congresswoman says she will now consult with the Governor and the Legislature on the remaining options to advance war claims.
She concludes that she remains "committed to continuing our fight for war claims for our manamko despite all the obstacles the conservative republicans continue to raise.”
READ the release from Congresswoman Bordallo below:
News from Congresswoman Madeleine Z. Bordallo; Senate Passes Omnibus Territories Act; War Claims Stripped From Bill
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – June 19, 2014 – Washington, D.C. –
Congresswoman Madeleine Z. Bordallo today announced that S. 1237, the Omnibus Territories Act of 2013, was passed by the U.S. Senate by unanimous consent. The bill addresses several important issues affecting the U.S. territories, including a provision for Guam that would enable the Guam Housing and Urban Renewal Authority (GHURA) to provide a preference or priority for U.S. citizens for public housing assistance.
As passed by the Senate, S. 1237 does not include Section 7, which incorporated the text of H.R. 44, the Guam World War II Loyalty Recognition Act, and would have authorized payments of war reparations for survivors of the Japanese occupation of Guam during World War II. Senator Lisa Murkowski of Alaska offered an amendment on behalf of her Republican members of the Committee that stripped out Guam war claims and other controversial provisions. The Senate indicated that this bill could only pass on unanimous consent which requires all Senators to approve of the text of the bill. The Guam war claims provision included compromise language from Congresswoman Bordallo that would have utilized additional Section 30 funds above fiscal year 2012 amounts to be used to pay war reparations in order to satisfy budget rules in the House and Senate. Section 7 was included in the version of the bill reported out of the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee on April 8, 2014 but was amended out following objections from several U.S. Senators.
Also removed from S. 1237 was a provision that would have increased the amount of local matching funds for federal grants able to be waived by federal departments and agencies to $500,000. Both the war claims and the matching funds provisions were included in the version passed by the Energy and Natural Resources Committee but removed prior to floor consideration by the full Senate because of objections from Senators Lamar Alexander of Tennessee, John Barrasso of Wyoming, Mike Lee of Utah, and Tim Scott of South Carolina.
“I am extremely disappointed that H.R. 44 was removed from the Omnibus Territories Act that was passed by the U.S. Senate this evening,” said Congresswoman Bordallo. “Passing war claims has been a long standing issue for our community and has been an effort that Congressmen Won Pat, Blaz, and Underwood, and I have all worked to resolve. The latest version of the bill addressed every concern that has been raised by conservatives, and it would have had no impact on federal spending. Despite addressing each of these concerns, several U.S. Senators continue to object to this bill on ideological grounds and have fundamental objections with opening reparations for any group.”
“I will continue to work to find a resolution that finally recognizes loyalty of the people of Guam during World War II. I will consult with the governor and the legislature and on our remaining options to advance war claims I am committed to continuing our fight for war claims for our manamko despite all the obstacles the conservative republicans continue to raise.”