GUAM DELEGATE TO REINTRODUCE WAR CLAIMS BILL

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By Steve Limtiaco

HAGÅTÑA, Guam (Pacific Daily News, Jan. 17) - Guam Delegate Madeleine Bordallo plans to reintroduce a war claims bill for Guam during the next few weeks, according to her office, but the first bill she introduced, on January 4, is intended to shed more light on Washington lobbyists and the people they work for.

If approved, Bordallo's H.R. 90 would change the existing lobbying disclosure law to ensure that lobbyists make public the identity of any third parties they are working for.

According to Bordallo's office, the bill, which is the same bill she introduced during her last term, was reintroduced because the first issue tackled by the House this month was ethics and lobbying reform.

According to her office, the House so far has considered changes to its own rules related to lobbyists. Related changes to the law, such as Bordallo's bill, are scheduled to be entertained later this year.

Bordallo's "Guam World War II Loyalty Recognition Act," traveled the farthest during her last term, with approval by two different House committees, but it failed to make it to the floor for a vote.

If approved, it would pay Guam residents about US$180 million for their suffering at the hands of the Japanese military during Japan's occupation of the island during World War II.

Bordallo is looking for cosponsors, according to her office, and the bill will be reintroduced once cosponsors are lined up and the House Committee on Natural Resources has organized and met.

Bordallo also has asked the House to create a Subcommittee on Insular Affairs, according to her office, which could help move the war claims bill forward.

"The Guam war claims bill remains a top priority and I will continue to work very hard on the legislation," Bordallo is quoted as saying in a written statement.

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