Bordallo Re-Introduces War Claims Bill

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Guam – As her first legislative act of the 112th Congress, Congresswoman Bordallo has re-introduced the Guam World War II Loyalty Recognition Act.

The Guam World War II Loyalty Recognition Act was re-introduced as H.R. 44 and is identical to compromise language that was reached during negotiations on H.R. 6523, the Ike Skelton National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2011 (FY11 NDAA). The compromise was agreed to by leaders in the House and Senate Armed Services Committee and would offer reparations to survivors and descendants of those who lost their lives during the Japanese occupation.

In the 111th Congress, Congresswoman Bordallo introduced H.R. 44 as stand-alone legislation before the House adopted H.R. 44 as Title XVII of the FY11 NDAA.  Guam war claims was eventually removed from the final defense spending bill due to objections by a group of fiscally-conservative Republicans in the U.S. Senate.

In a release, Bordallo is quoted as saying:

“The fight to bring closure to the issue of Guam war claims continues in the 112th Congress with introduction of the compromise version of H.R. 44. The passage of the Guam World War II Loyalty Recognition Act continues to remain my top legislative priority as we begin the 112th Congress.”

” Introduction of H.R. 44 continues to build on progress and momentum of the legislation in the 111th Congress.  Although I am disappointed in the war claims measure being removed from last year’s defense bill it was important that we received support from Democratic and Republican leadership of the House and Senate Armed Services Committee on this compromise language.”

“The House of Representatives, a majority of the U.S. Senate, the Obama Administration including Secretary of Interior Ken Salazar and Deputy Secretary of Defense William Lynn, all indicate their support for this legislation and this will be important to continuing our efforts in the 112th Congress.  War claims has now passed the House five times and I will continue to build upon the progress made in the 111th Congress and explore every legislative opportunity available to resolve this issue.”

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Congresswoman Bordallo Sworn-in for 5th Term

H.R. 44 Re-introduced as First Legislative Act

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – January 5, 2011 – Washington, D.C. –

 

Congresswoman Madeleine Z. Bordallo, today, was sworn-in to the 112th Congress during a ceremony led by Speaker of the House John Boehner of Ohio.  Congresswoman Bordallo also hosted an “open house” today in her office in the Rayburn House Office Building in recognition of the convening of the new Congress.  Congresswoman Bordallo hosted members of the Guam community residing in the greater Washington D.C. Metropolitan and administered the swearing-in ceremony of the newly elected officers of the Guam Society of America.

 

As her first legislative act of the 112th Congress, Congresswoman Bordallo re-introduced the Guam World War II Loyalty Recognition Act hours after taking the Oath of Office.  The Guam World War II Loyalty Recognition Act was re-introduced as H.R. 44 and is identical to compromise language that was reached during negotiations on H.R. 6523, the Ike Skelton National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2011 (FY11 NDAA). The compromise was agreed to by leaders in the House and Senate Armed Services Committee and would offer reparations to survivors and descendents of those who lost their lives during the Japanese occupation.

 

In the 111th Congress, Congresswoman Bordallo introduced H.R. 44 as stand-alone legislation before the House adopted H.R. 44 as Title XVII of the FY11 NDAA.  Guam war claims was eventually removed from the final defense spending bill due to objections by a group of fiscally-conservative Republicans in the U.S. Senate. 

 

“The fight to bring closure to the issue of Guam war claims continues in the 112th Congress with introduction of the compromise version of H.R. 44,” Congresswoman Madeleine Z. Bordallo said today. “The passage of the Guam World War II Loyalty Recognition Act continues to remain my top legislative priority as we begin the 112th Congress.  Introduction of H.R. 44 continues to build on progress and momentum of the legislation in the 111th Congress.  Although I am disappointed in the war claims measure being removed from last year’s defense bill it was important that we received support from Democratic and Republican leadership of the House and Senate Armed Services Committee on this compromise language that I introduced today.  The House of Representatives, a majority of the U.S. Senate, the Obama Administration including Secretary of Interior Ken Salazar and Deputy Secretary of Defense William Lynn, all indicate their support for this legislation and this will be important to continuing our efforts in the 112th Congress.  War claims has now passed the House five times and I will continue to build upon the progress made in the 111th Congress and explore every legislative opportunity available to resolve this issue.”

 

PHOTO CAPTION: Congresswoman Bordallo is joined by Speaker of the House John Boehner of Ohio and her granddaughter, Nicole Bordallo Nelson

 

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Contact: Matthew Mateo in Washington, D.C. at 202-225-1188 or Derek Mandell at 671-477-4272/4.

 

matthew.mateo@mail.house.gov or derek.mandell@mail.house.gov

 

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