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.”