House to hold hearing for Radiation Exposure Compensation Act Amendments of 2021

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The House Judiciary for Constitution, Civil Right, and Civil Liberties will be holding a Markup
Hearing for H.R. 5338 the Radiation Exposure Compensation Act Amendments of 2021,
on December 8, 2021, at 10:00 am (EST).

The people of Guam were exposed to Nuclear Fallout from the Nuclear testing in the Pacific Proving Grounds from 1946 to 1962. The Radiation Exposure Compensation Act (RECA) of 2021 if passed will provide medical benefits, $150,000 for eligible downwinders, extend the RECA program past 2022 and allow those eligible to file a claim.

Pacific Association for Radiation Survivors (PARS) extends its gratitude to its members for their steadfast support to ensure that Guam is included in RECA. This hearing is yet another step forward to get the RECA bills to the House floor for a vote and hopefully for its passage. PARS will continue to work with its partners from the Frontline Community Group, Senate and House of Representative staff. Representative Teresa Ledger Fernandez (NM) has committed her support with Senator Mike Crapo (ID) and Senator Ben Ray Lujan (NM) with bipartisanship for those who have suffered and died from cancer and other diseases from their exposure to nuclear fallout and uranium mining.

The committee has requested letters of support for H.R. 5338, especially from impacted
communities. Members of PARS have submitted written testimonies to Speaker Therese
M. Terlaje in support of Resolution No. 178-36 (LS) which expresses the support of I
Mina’trentai Sais Na Liheslaturan Guåhan (the 36th Guam Legislature) for the passage
of S. 2798 and H. 5338 intended to amend the ‘Radiation Exposure Compensation Act’ to
include Guam as a ‘downwinder’ of U.S. Pacific test sites, extend the fund claims period,
and improve compensation and benefits.

Resolution No.178-36 (LS) and testimonies will be submitted to Congress and forwarded to the House Judiciary Committee to support the inclusion of residents of Guam in the Radiation Exposure Compensation Act Amendments of 2021.

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