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U.S. Congress must receive request to act

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (RNZI, April 16, 2009) - The Marshall Islands has been told that if it wants U.S. Congressional funding for health care and other programs for nuclear test victims, it needs to officially request it.

U.S. Senate and House committee staff have told Marshalls officials that if they wanted to see Senate bill 1756 or other similar legislation, then top officials needed to make a request.

Bill 1756 included 4.5 million US dollars annually through 2023 to expand a medical program for islanders affected by the 67 American nuclear weapons tests.

It also established eligibility of Marshall Islanders who worked at the Bikini and Enewetak nuclear test sites for a Department of Labor nuclear workers compensation program for American test site workers.

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