Respicio Invites Governor to Testify on Resolution Opposing Use of Section 30 Funds to Pay War Reps

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Guam – Senator Rory Respicio has invited Governor Eddie Calvo to testify at the Thursday night hearing on his resolution in opposition to Congresswoman’s Madeleine Bordallo’s latest version of H.R. 44, the Guam World War II Loyalty Recognition Act.

The hearing was re-scheuled until Thursday Janaury 31st so that the Congresswoman could be present and testify.

The Congresswoman’s latest version of H.R. 44 includes a provision to use Guam’s Section 30 funds to pay restitution to the few remaining survivors orf Japan’s WW II occupation of Guam and to pay the descendants of those who survived, but have since passed away.

However, Senator Respicio, and other Senators oppose the use of Section 30 funds. Respicio’s resolution is co-sponsored by Senators Mike San Nicolas, Tom Ada and B.J. Cruz.

READ Resolution #4 HERE 

Section 30 funds are the Federal Government’s reimbursement of the income taxes military service members stationed on Guam pay to the IRS, rather than GovGuam, because they are not considered Guam residents.

READ Senator Respicio’s release below:

Respicio invites Governor to deliver testimony
January 29, 2013 – Federal Affairs Chairman Senator Rory J. Respicio has sent an invitation to Governor Eddie Baza Calvo to attend this week’s hearing on Resolution No. 4-32 (COR) regarding the “Guam World War II Loyalty Recognition Act” and to provide testimony on the resolution.

“I respectfully request your presence and testimony at this hearing on such a critical matter to our greatest generation of Guam,” Respicio wrote in a letter sent to Calvo today. “Please feel free to extend this invitation to other members of your cabinet.”

The Committee on Rules; Federal, Foreign & Micronesian Affairs, Human & Natural Resources; & Election Reform will be holding a public hearing at 5:30 p.m. on Thursday, January 31, 2013 at the Legislature’s Public Hearing Room.

The hearing is being held to hear testimony on Resolution No. 4-32 (COR), Relative to renewing Guam’s call for justice and War Reparations for victims of the occupation of Guam by Japanese forces during WWII, and to assert that the use of Section 30 funds for this purpose does not fulfill the requirements of justice. The resolution was introduced by Senator Respicio on January 9, 2013.

The hearing was initially scheduled for earlier this month but was postponed to give Congresswoman Madeleine Z. Bordallo an opportunity to attend and testify. The Congresswoman has confirmed her attendance for the hearing. Earlier this month, Bordallo introduced a bill in Congress that called for using Section 30 funds for Guam in order to pay for War Reparations.

Members of the public also are encouraged to attend and deliver testimony. Testimony should be addressed to Majority Leader Rory J. Respicio, Chairperson, Committee on Rules; Federal & Micronesian Affairs, Human & Natural Resources; & Election Reform, and may be hand-delivered or
mailed to 155 Hesler Place, Hagatna, Guam 96910; emailed to cor@guamlegislature.org; or faxed to (671) 472-3547. Individuals requiring special accommodations, auxiliary aids, or service shall contact and submit their request to Elaine Tajalle at 472-7679.

UNSWORN DECLARATION: I hereby declare that the foregoing is true and correct to the best of my knowledge and belief, under penalty of perjury of the laws of Guam, this declaration being sworn and made in lieu of an affidavit pursuant to Title 6 Guam Code Annotated §4308, at the place and date identified