San Nicolas expecting green light for HR 1365, with POTUS impeachment over

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Congressman Michael San Nicolas has urged the Governor to declare Guam in disaster status in order to unlock special FEMA and SBA aid that require such designation.

Congressman Michael San Nicolas says the hold placed on HR 1365 has been lifted and he expects it will get Senate approval shortly, now that President Donald Trump’s impeachment proceedings are over and regular legislative business will resume.

In a release Thursday morning, San Nicolas said there were no concerns addressed and no additional objections are anticipated for HR 1365, his federal war claims corrections bill.

“Now that impeachment proceedings are concluded we anticipate a strong Senate push to move legislation, and we are optimistic about the prospects of passage for HR 1365,” said San Nicolas.

“Passage in February is very possible, and this, along with a signature from President Trump will ensure that all remaining +1,800 adjudicated claims on Guam, and in the States are paid, and all future adjudicated claims get paid, unless someone assigned their claim to the local government,” said San Nicolas.

H.R. 1365 is meant to correct former delegate Madeleine Bordallo’s omission of a clause in her World War II Loyalty Recognition Act that would have authorized the Treasury Department to release the checks already awarded to some 1,400 Guam manåmko by the U.S. Justice Department’s Foreign Claims Settlement Commission.

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