Republican Party of Guam officials are coordinating with their counterparts in the mainland to actively campaign for Guam’s war claims legislation, which is now in the U.S. Senate.
Lawyer and Guam GOP official Juan Carlos Benitez is in Washington meeting with national Republican Party officials.
“We’re trying to strengthen the support of the national Republican Party for Guam’s war claims legislation which is now in the Senate,” Benitez told the Andrea Pellacani show on NewsTalk K57.
H.R. 1365, introduced by Democratic Congressman Michael San Nicolas, would provide the necessary appropriation for Guam war claims to finally be paid.
It passed the full House last week with unanimous consent and without objection and has now been referred to the U.S. Senate to undergo a similar process of approval.
When a bill passes in the House, it must also pass in the Senate in order to become a law. In the Senate, the bill again may be sent to a committee for study or markup or members may vote to pass or not to pass the bill.
According to Benitez, the bill was referred to the judiciary committee, and not the energy committee as was done in the House. He said this makes it a little bit complicated with a different set of players to work with.
But Benitez said they are still confident because President Trump and GOP allies in the Senate are supportive of Guam’s war claims.
He also thanked Congressman San Nicolas for his decision to take a bipartisan approach that involves the Republican Party.