Congressman San Nicolas urges legislative oversight of local expenses and mandates for unemployment

Guam Delegate to Congress Michael San Nicolas (file photo)

In a letter addressed to all senators of the 35th Guam Legislature, Congressman Michael San Nicolas asked for legislative oversight of the expenditure of local funds that seek federal reimbursement.

In a news release, San Nicolas stated: “The Legislature needs to hold oversight hearings and make sure local expenditures intended for federal reimbursement are consistent with local and federal law so that when we seek reimbursement, we are not asking the federal government to consider anything inappropriate or nonconforming, as this will injure the reputation of the people of Guam, cause unnecessary program delays, and jeopardize future federal funding considerations.”

“We also need the Legislature to protect furloughed and laid off employees affected by the pandemic by mandating that all local businesses register their pandemic unemployment with the Department of Labor and provide all necessary certifications for those eligible and affected to apply. These should be mandated now so that all information is in place soonest, and our people have what they need to get the help they have been waiting for,” Congressman San Nicolas continued.

He added: “These two basic actions is work the Legislature can do now to get answers for and move resources to our people and speed up program development that the people await.”