Two Republican senators from Guam are in Washington D.C. lobbying for the passage of H.R. 1365.
The legislation, which would provide the necessary appropriation for Guam war claims to finally be paid, was introduced by Congressman Michael San Nicolas and is now with the U.S. Senate after passing the U.S. House of Representatives.
Senators Telo Taitague and Wil Castro are in the nation’s capital to help lobby for the war claims legislation.
The Republican Party currently holds the majority in the U.S. Senate and the Guam GOP senators are hoping to use their party connections to help H.R. 1365 along.
Taitague told Andrea Pellacani on NewsTalk K57 that they also met with NMI Delegate Gregorio “Kilili” Sablan who Taitague said gave them “great advice.”
Taitague described the CNMI delegate as having a “wealth of knowledge” which can help Guam’s war claims legislation.
As for Congressman San Nicolas, Taitague said he was out of town when they arrived but they are meeting with him tomorrow to discuss his war claims bill and other issues of vital interest to Guam.
San Nicolas has publicly praised both the Guam Republicans and the national Republicans for their help in moving H.R. 1365 across Congress.
Aside from Guam war claims, the two senators also met with the Coastal States Organization to advocate for boating and fisheries safety and coastal protection.
The two Guam senators met with Bradley Watson, executive director for the Coastal States Organization (CSO), and discussed the concept of a partnership between Guam, the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands (CNMI) and CSO to develop a mobile app that provides real-time data to safely operate in our waters.
“We are here, as part of an aggressive agenda, to find marine-focused funding, build new and expand networks, and come home with solutions. Technology is needed to better monitor coastal activities and protect our finite natural resources,” Senator Castro said.