With H.R. 1365 having passed its mark-up committee hearing, the bill’s author, Congressman Michael San Nicolas, is confident that it will eventually be passed by the whole House when it comes up for a vote.
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 he says 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 in a statement.
With H.R. 1365 passing its mark-up hearing, San Nicolas said he has already begun initiating conversations with House leaders for a path forward given the “momentum” that has been gained from the successful mark-up hearing.
“The work continues. Now we work to bring H.R. 1365 to the floor of the full House. The outcome of this hearing is indicative of strong momentum for a positive outcome,” San Nicolas said.
H.R. 1365 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.
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.
The congressman thanked Speaker Tina Muna Barnes for her support as well as the Republican Party of Guam and the Republican National Committee, both of whom San Nicolas praised for their display of bi-partisanship.
San Nicolas also entered into the record Resolution 36-35 from the 35th Guam Legislature which endorsed the passage of H.R. 1365.