Local war claims program will end once Trump signs H.R. 1365

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The local war claims program will end once President Trump signs H.R. 1365 into law.

Congressman Michael San Nicolas’ war claims correction bill got its final required vote of approval from the U.S. House Monday afternoon in Washington D.C. where it passed by unanimous consent.

A release from the Governor’s office today states that “the expected signing of H.R. 1365 into law by President Trump will prompt the termination of the local Guam War Claims program.”

The release makes no mention of Congressman San Nicolas or his bill and his efforts to get it passed.

According to the Governor’s release, the local war claims program has paid out $10.3 million to nearly 1,000 manamko who have received awards from the U.S. Justice Department’s Foreign Claims Settlement Commission.

Once H.R. 1365 becomes law all remaining claims will be paid by the U.S. Treasury Department using Guam’s own section 30 funds, $23 million of which is now being held by the U.S. treasury department for claim payments.

Under the terms of a Memorandum of Understanding signed in January between the Leon Guerrero-Tenorio Administration and the U.S. Treasury Department. GovGuam will be reimbursed for the $10.3 million in Guam taxpayer funds already paid out under the local war claims program.

A list of all Guam war claims and their status can be found on the Foreign Claims Settlement Commission website at >>> https://www.justice.gov/fcsc/guam-claims-status

READ the release from the Governor’s Office 

H.R. 1365 Heads to White House, Local Program Set to End 

Hagåtña, Guam – After passing in the Senate with changes, the U.S. House of Representatives today approved H.R. 1365, federal legislation which makes technical corrections to the Guam World War II Loyalty Recognition Act. The bill now heads to President Trump for signature. 

The expected signing of H.R. 1365 into law by President Trump will prompt the termination of the local Guam War Claims program. Back in January, the Leon Guerrero-Tenorio Administration and the U.S. Treasury entered into a Memorandum of Understanding clearing the way for the Government of Guam (GovGuam) to expedite the payment of adjudicated claims using local funds. Through the local program, GovGuam paid nearly 1,000 adjudicated claims totaling $10.3 million dollars over the past two and a half months. 

“For over 75 years, our manåmko’ waited for reparations, which in no way amounts to the pain and suffering they endured during a war that was not of their choosing. That is why we acted, helping so many see a day they never thought would come. We are grateful to our federal partners for supporting this measure and working with us to expedite payments. Now, with the passing of H.R. 1365, closure will continue for our Greatest Generation,” said Governor Lou Leon Guerrero. 

Once enacted, claims reassigned to Guam under the local war claims process will be repaid to Guam.

“We kept our word and the likely enactment of H.R. 1365 means we can turn the page on this very painful part of our past. We owe a great debt to our Greatest Generation. This is one very small way of making good on that obligation,” said Lieutenant Governor Joshua Tenorio.