Congressman Michael San Nicolas has criticized the administration again for sending officials to Washington to lobby for H.R. 1365.
San Nicolas was reacting to a statement attributed to Gov. Lou Leon Guerrero that the U.S. Senate is not very familiar with H.R. 1365 which is why she sent Lt. Gov. Josh Tenorio and Chief of Staff Tony Babauta to lobby for its passage.
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. It is now in the U.S. Senate after it was passed by the U.S. House of Representatives.
“What a horrible untruth to say to our people,” San Nicolas stated in his Facebook page.
“We have been engaging Senate leadership and staff for weeks. Even the Republicans were out here weeks before ‘Josh and Tony’ were talking with Senate staff so saying they aren’t familiar is just a flat out lie. Quit wasting local taxpayer dollars flying your staff around DC pretending to do the work of my Office. It is not only a waste of money it is making Guam look bad because Members of Congress see your misrepresentations and find it insulting to the work that is done in Washington,” the congressman said.
San Nicolas added that they are well aware of a possible November passage of the bill but are not making any announcements so as not to create false hopes, stressing that certainty on this issue is key.
“But again you’re jumping the gun on announcing potential progress on 1365 because the Senate shot down your local Bill 181 War Claims idea. We know this even though you are trying to hide it. It’s why Speaker Barnes pulled her War Claims Bill off of last week’s session…just be upfront with the people about it,” San Nicolas said.
“Try leading instead of politicking for a change,” he added.
In response to the congressman’s criticism, Gov. Lou Leon Guerrero said it was the U.S. Senate officials who said they were unfamiliar with the congressman’s measure.
“We can either fix that together or argue about it on Facebook. My choice is to try and fix it,” the governor said.