Tuesday, December 01, 2009

WAR CLAIMS: House committee to hold war claims hearing this week

WAR CLAIMS: House committee to hold war claims hearing this week

Pacific Daily News • news@guampdn.com • December 1, 2009

10:20 a.m. Dec. 1 — The House Armed Services Committee will hold a hearing Wednesday in Washington, D.C. to assess the Guam War Claims process.

The Committee invited Gov. Felix Camacho and Speaker Judith Won Pat to testify at the hearing, but both are unable to attend due to prior obligations. The Committee has agreed to allow Sens. Ben Pangelinan and Frank Blas Jr. to testify in lieu of the governor and speaker.

Assistant Secretary Anthony Babauta of the U.S. Department of the Interior, Mauricio Tamargo, former chairman of the Guam War Claims Review Commission, and Tom Barcinas, a survivor of the occupation of Guam during World War II, have also been invited to present testimony and are scheduled to attend.

Congressman Ike Skelton of Missouri, chairman of the House Armed Services Committee, convened the hearing at the request of Guam Delegate Madeleine Bordallo and in accordance with an agreement reached regarding Guam war claims in the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2010.

The hearing will focus on the issue of Guam war claims and its impact on community support for the military buildup. It will not focus specifically on H.R. 44 as the Guam World War II Loyalty Recognition Act has already passed the House of Representatives in February and Committee’s do not hold hearings on legislation that has already passed their respective body.

The testimony and questions asked during the hearing will continue to build on the legislative record of Guam war claims.

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