Guam – Congresswoman Madeleine Bordallo has announced that the U.S. House of Representatives passed an amended version of H.R. 3940 by a vote of 386 ayes to 5 noes. The U.S. Senate passed the amended measure by unanimous consent late on Tuesday, September 28, 2010. H.R. 3940 clarifies Congressional intent that the Secretary of the Interior has the authority and obligation to facilitate political status education programs. H.R. 3940 was introduced by Congresswoman Bordallo on October 27, 2009 and it originally passed the full House of Representatives on December 7, 2009 by voice vote. The bill will now be sent to President Obama for his signature.
“The passage of this bill by the Senate and the House recognizes the importance of political self-determination for the people of Guam,” said Congresswoman Bordallo. “The bill makes it clear that the Secretary of the Interior has the authority and should provide federal funding for political status education for a future self-determination vote. It is supported by the Obama Administration, local government officials, and decolonization and indigenous rights advocates on Guam, and I look forward to President Obama signing the bill into law. As soon as it becomes law I will request Assistant Secretary Tony Babauta to follow Congressional intent and provide federal funds to Guam for a political status education program.”