Bill with H-2B exemption, $662.8M in military projects for Guam passes House

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House Armed Services Committee members practice social distancing while deliberating on the House's version of the fiscal 2021 defense policy bill. (US Congress video screen capture)

Congressman Michael San Nicolas issued a release Wednesday morning, saying that in a vote of 295 yes / 125 no, the 2021 William “Mac” Thornberry National Defense Authorization Act (H.R. 6395) has passed the U.S. House of Representatives with bipartisan support.

San Nicolas said H.R. 6395 contains language to extend H-2B exemptions for civilian labor projects on Guam and also includes an additional $662,830,000 in military buildup projects.

“This year we have over $662 million in military buildup spending for Guam and have a long-awaited solution to our need for H-2B construction labor to be available for civilian projects on Guam, passing the House of Representatives with bipartisan support,” said Congressman San Nicolas.

“This brings our total military spending on Guam for our term to just under $1 billion, and this along with the breakthrough in our H-2B circumstances are indicative of our ability to continue delivering outcomes for our people working collaboratively to address armed services issues.”

“As H.R. 6395 moves to the Senate for consideration we will again be engaging local civic groups, our Guam Republican Party, and leadership in the Government of Guam to all lend their support in getting these critical provisions over the finish line and enacted into law,” Congressman San Nicolas concluded.

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