Guam Democrats ask GOP to support $2,000 COVID relief


Guam’s Democratic Party has asked the local GOP to support the $2,000 COVID relief initiative.

In a letter to Guam Republican Party Chairman Tony Ada, Democratic Party of Guam Chair Sarah Thomas Nededogsaid 2020 has brought tremendous hardships for many families across the nation, including right here at home.

“Over the last year, we have seen our nation divided. As leaders of our community, it is our sacred duty to overcome our differences, and embody the Spirit of Inafa’ Maolek that is instilled in each and every one of us who call Guam home. COVID-19 has taken the lives of many, and impacted the livelihoods of our People – we must do better,” Nededog said.

She pointed out that President Trump has demonstrated that we must do better for all Americans and ensure that we provide assistance to those who need it.

Given the toll associated with COVID-19, Nededog said it is reasonable that each American be provided a $2,000 cash assistance. Upon the President’s push to provide much-needed relief, Nededog said Democrats in the House expeditiously introduced and passed H.R. 9051, the Caring for Americans with Supplemental Help (CASH) Act of 2020.

But she pointed out that Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell after blocking attempts of Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer’s effort to pass the House-approved measure, stated that the Senate would begin the process to bring into focus a measure that would increase stimulus payments to $2,000, start an investigation into voter fraud, and also repeal Section 230, a part of the Communications Decency Act that would hold social media companies liable for the content of their users.

“Now more than ever, our People need solutions. We must not capitalize on the hardships of our People to pass extreme measures to advance our political agendas. We must not put-up obstacles to stimy the process to assist our People. We must not squander the First Amendment Rights of our People and the fundamental concept of Democracy, in exchange for Political Cover,” Nededog wrote.

She added: “Inafa Maolek’ teaches us to make good – with no expectation of something in return. In the Spirit of the Christmas Season we hope that under your leadership, the Republican Party of Guam can once again advocate for the good of the People of Guam to your counterparts in Washington. This term has demonstrated one thing: if we can come together for the sake of improving the livelihoods of our People, we are stronger TOGETHER!”

(Democratic Party of Guam News Release)