Governor to San Nicolas: ‘Let’s work together’

The congressman and the governor have been at odds with each other on a variety of issues, the latest of which was the governor's decision to send her own lobbying delegations to Washington D.C.

Governor Lou Leon Guerrero has urged Congressman Michael San Nicolas to work together with the administration in having H.R. 1365 passed.

H.R. 1365 seeks to make technical corrections to the Guam World War II Loyalty Recognition Act so that funds can finally be disbursed for Guam war claims. It is now in the U.S. Senate after it was passed by the U.S. House of Representatives.

In an interview with Patti Arroyo on K57, the governor said the important thing is to get the war claims funding released, not who gets the credit.

“We shouldn’t have this thing about my territory is federal and your territory is Guam. The stay in your lane and I will stay in mine mindset is wrong. We should all be working together,” the governor said.

San Nicolas has criticized Adelup’s decision to send Lt. Gov. Josh Tenorio and Adelup Chief of Staff Tony Babauta to Washington to lobby for the passage of H.R. 1365.

But the governor said there is nothing wrong with making sure that those who control passage of the war claims bill know what the bill is all about.

“There’s nothing that says government officials can’t lobby Congress. That’s done all the time,” the governor said.

The governor also said the U.S. Senate is not very familiar with H.R. 1365 which is why she sent Lt. Gov. Josh Tenorio and Chief of Staff Tony Babauta to lobby for its passage.

The governor said it was the U.S. Senate officials who said they were unfamiliar with the congressman’s measure.

“We can either fix that together or argue about it on Facebook. My choice is to try and fix it,” the governor said.