GUAM OMNIBUS OPPORTUNITIES ACT INTRODUCED IN THE U.S. SENATE;

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CONGRESSMAN ROBERT A. UNDERWOOD Delegate from Guam U.S. House of Representatives Washington, D.C.

NEWS RELEASE July 28, 2000

GUAM WAR RESTITUTION ADDED AS FIFTH PROVISION

Congressman Robert A. Underwood hailed the introduction of the Guam Omnibus Opportunities Act in the Senate today as great news for the people of Guam, because it includes the Guam War Restitution Act. The Senate version was introduced jointly by Senators Daniel Akaka and Daniel Inouye of Hawai‘i.

"I have been working closely with Senators Akaka and Inouye on these issues and I am deeply appreciative of their continuing efforts to support the people of Guam on the Senate side," Congressman Underwood said.

Congressman Underwood’s Omnibus Opportunities Act, co-sponsored by House Resources Chairman Don Young (R-Alaska) and Ranking Member George Miller (D-California) was introduced last July and passed by the House on Wednesday. The Guam War Restitution Act was introduced in February 1999. A month later, Senator Inouye introduced a companion measure in the Senate.

The decision to include the War Restitution measure in the Senate version of the Omnibus Act was a strategic one, he added. The War Restitution provision mirrors the amended one passed by the House Resources Committee last month but not taken up by the House. The Committee-passed version calls for the establishment of a commission to research and verify claims in order to arrive at more accurate compensation figures. "We decided to put both bills together to facilitate passage," Underwood said.

The Senate is expected to take up the bill before the 106th Congress adjourns at end of this year.

For additional information, contact: Cathy Gault at 671-477-4272

Washington office: 2418 Rayburn Office Building Washington, D.C. 20515 Tel: 202-225-1188 Fax: 202-226-0341 Email: guamtodc@mail.house.gov 

Guam office: 120 Fr. Duenas Ave., Ste 107 Hagatna, GU 96932 Tel: 671-477-4272 Fax: 671-477-2587

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