Guam war claims bill to go to full House for a vote next week


H.R. 1365, which 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, is set to go to a full House vote next week, Congressman Michael San Nicolas announced.

H.R. 1365 passed its mark-up committee hearing a few weeks ago and San Nicolas is confident that it will eventually be passed by the whole House when it comes up for a vote next week.

“I would like to thank House Leadership for their support in bringing this measure to a vote so expeditiously, particularly Speaker Nancy Pelosi, Majority Leader Steny Hoyer, and Minority Leader McCarthy,” San Nicolas said in a statement. “Additionally I would like to thank budget chairman John Yarmuth for supporting a PAYGO waiver for the bill.”

San Nicolas pointed out that of all the bills on the mark-up hearing agenda, H.R. 1365 was the only one that passed unanimously by voice vote, clearing the committee without the need for a recorded vote, which is a sign of full support for Guam’s war claims bill.

Moreover, San Nicolas cited the support of Ranking Republican Committee Member Rob Bishop, as well as the local and national Republican leaders, as a sign that H.R. 1365 has broad bilateral support in Congress.

“The unanimous bi-partisan outcome is indeed a blessing that will surely help H.R. 1365 proceed to the House Floor,” San Nicolas said.

After H.R. 1365 passed its mark-up hearing, San Nicolas said he initiated conversations with House leaders for a path forward given the “momentum” that had been gained from the successful mark-up hearing.

“At this time we see no significant opposition, and look forward to a generally smooth passage of HR 1365 in the House of Representatives,” San Nicolas said. “Our people grow closer every day to seeing this issue resolved, and processed war claims paid.”

During the bill’s mark-up hearing, San Nicolas described H.R. 1365 as a very “time-sensitive” bill which aims to help “The Greatest Generation” on Guam.

U.S. Department of the Interior (DOI) Secretary Robert Bernhardt had urged both the House and Senate “to expedite its consideration and approval” of H.R. 1365 to allow the U.S. Treasury to start distributing payments for certified Guam war claims