Guam – President Barak Obama joined members of the Congressional Asian Pacific American Caucus Tuesday in Washington where representatives, including Guam Congresswoman Madeleine Bordallo, raised their concerns and legislative priorities.
The Congresswoman says she encouraged the President to urge the Department of Homeland Security to approve a China visa waiver for Guam. She also lobbied Obama for support of the Omnibus Territories Act which includes the Guam World War II Loyalty Recognition Act.
Bordallo is quoted in a release as saying that the Omnibus Territories Act “will finally resolve war claims for our island’s man’amko” and she thanked the President for “the expansion of parole authority for Russian visitors to Guam and I hope his continued focus on this issue will enable expansion to the Chinese market.”
READ the release from Congresswoman Bordallo below:
Bordallo Raises Pacific Island Territories’ Priorities in CAPAC Meeting with President Obama
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – July 23, 2013 – Washington, D.C. –
Congresswoman Madeleine Z. Bordallo today joined members of the Congressional Asian Pacific American Caucus in a meeting with President Obama at the Eisenhower Executive Office Building to discuss concerns and legislative priorities. Congresswoman Bordallo, who serves as Vice Chair of the caucus, raised the importance of S. 1237, the Omnibus Territories Act of 2013, and asked for the Administration’s support of the bill as it moves through the legislative process. The bill contains many provisions important to Guam, including the text of the Guam World War II Loyalty Recognition Act, and she thanked the President for his support for this provision to finally resolve war claims for the people of Guam.
The Congresswoman also encouraged the President to urge the Department of Homeland Security to come to a favorable decision on China visa waiver for Guam. She stressed its importance to Guam’s tourism industry and the need for DHS to come to a decision before a leadership transition at DHS.
CAPAC Chair Judy Chu and other members raised their concerns over the lack of Presidential Appointments for Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders and discussed immigration, language access in the Affordable Care Act and Native Hawaiian recognition.
“I appreciated the opportunity to meet with President Obama to personally address the importance of the Omnibus Territories Act,” said Congresswoman Bordallo. “I thanked the President for his leadership on issues important to our Asian American and Pacific Islander Communities, and I requested the Administration’s support for this important bill. Among its many provisions, the bill will finally resolve war claims for our island’s man’amko by incorporating the full text of H.R 44 into section 12. It will also help to strengthen our economies and ensure energy efficiency by requiring a team of experts to address the energy needs of the territories and requiring the GAO to report forecast revenues and expenditures in order to improve these forecasts. The Omnibus Territories Act is an important step forward in addressing the unique challenges facing the Pacific Island territories and the Freely Associated States, and I will work with my colleagues and the Administration to answer any questions regarding this bill and respond to concerns that may arise. I also appreciate the Administration’s continued focus on expanding Guam and CNMI’s tourism markets. President Obama announced the expansion of parole authority for Russian visitors to Guam and I hope his continued focus on this issue will enable expansion to the Chinese market.”
[Pete Souza, Chief Official White House Photographer for President Obama.]
[Leadership of the Congressional Asian Pacific American Caucus raise several issues affecting the Asian American and Pacific Islander community, including Presidential Appointments, Immigration, the Affordable Care Act and the Omnibus Territories Act. (Pictured from left to right: Congressman Mike Honda, Chair Emeritus; Congresswoman Judy Chu, Chair; President Obama; Congresswoman Bordallo, Vice Chair; Congressman Mark Takano, Whip; and Congresswoman Tammy Duckworth.]