Senate Removes Guam War Reparations From Defense Authorization Measure

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Guam- The World War II Loyalty Recognition Act has been removed from the senate version of the 2011 Defense Authorization measure Wednesday.

Lawmakers voted to take out war reparations around noon Guam time.

Reacting to the news of the scaled back measure taken out again, Congresswoman Madeleine Bordallo says “I am extremely disappointed in the decision by Senate leaders to remove Guam War Claims from the compromise defense authorization bill. I will be meeting with House and Senate leaders tomorrow to discuss the way forward for this important legislation.”

The scaled back version of the war reparations bill only includes compensation to living survivors of World War II on Guam. However, the remaining survivors say it’s not about the money, but the United States acknowledging they suffered during the Japanese occupation.