Guam leaders react to passage of H.R. 1365 mark-up

Vice Speaker Tina Muna Barnes (PNC file photo)

Here on Guam, local leaders are sharing their sentiments on the passage of H.R. 1365 through its mark-up hearing.

Speaker Tina Muna Barnes said she’s very happy for Congressman Michael San Nicolas and the success of H.R. 1365 during its mark-up hearing.

“I just wanna say that our efforts continue to work on these war claims awards for our man’amko. I think this is the right thing to do. This is a big hurdle that has been passed and we just gotta continue to move forward so I’m very grateful and very hopeful that our congressman will truly see the facilitation for H.R. 1365 to go through,” the Speaker said.

She added: “This is a team effort … this is a team Guam effort and in the efforts of working with the administration, with the congressional team, and with the 35th Guam Legislature, I just wanna say, with all of us working together we are not just grateful, but we wanna do it for all the right reasons to make sure that our man’amko receive the war claims that they rightfully deserve.

Republican Party of Guam Chairman Jerry Crisostomo also said the passage of H.R. 1365 is “extremely good news for our war survivors and for our island family as a whole.”

“Our party commends the diligence and steadfast work of the committee and we are pleased to have been able to weigh in and assist in this process,” Crisostomo said.