All eyes on Congress this week as H.R. 1365 goes up for full House vote; San Nicolas confident of passage

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi is shown being escorted by Guam Congressman Michael San Nicolas during the Guam Liberation celebration in Washington D.C.

H.R. 1365, which seeks to make technical corrections to the Guam World War II Loyalty Recognition Act so that funds can finally be disbursed for Guam war claims, is set to go to a full House vote this week.

Congressman Michael San Nicolas, who introduced H.R. 1365, has confirmed that the full House vote on his bill has officially been placed on the House calendar and is scheduled for voting on Wednesday, July 24th at 12 noon EST.

“It’s official. Our war claims will finally have its day in the House, and we anticipate it’s long-awaited passage,” said Congressman San Nicolas.

H.R. 1365 passed its mark-up committee hearing a few weeks ago and San Nicolas is confident that it will eventually be passed by the whole House when it comes up for the vote this week.

The congressman said he has met with House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and she said H.R. 1365 has strong bipartisan support.

“I would like to thank the House Leadership for their support in bringing this measure to a vote so expeditiously, particularly Speaker Nancy Pelosi, Majority Leader Steny Hoyer, and Minority Leader McCarthy,” San Nicolas said in a statement.

He added: “We see no significant opposition and we look forward to generally smooth passage of HR 1365 in the House of Representatives. Our people grow closer every day to see this issue resolved, and processed war claims paid.”

Gov. Lou Leon Guerrero, who is also pushing for a partial war claims payout using local funding from the GovGuam general fund, is closing ranks with Congressman San Nicolas, telling the Patti Arroyo show on NewsTalk K-57 that she fully supports the congressman’s efforts and wishes the best for H.R. 1365.

Speaker Tina Muna Barnes, who last week introduced a bill that would facilitate the local funding for war claims, is also supporting the congressman’s parallel war claims effort in Congress and supports H.R. 1365’s passage.