President signs war claims into law

SURVIVORS: World War II survivors wait in line outside the Guam War Claims Processing Center at the Hakubotan building in Tamuning on Jan. 24. Dontana Keraskes/The Guam Daily Post

President Trump has signed the war claims bill. 

According to a press release from the White House, the president signed H.R. 1365 on March 26. 

H.R. 1365 authorizes the payment of eligible claims to victims and survivors of the attack and occupation of Guam by the Imperial Japanese forces. 

Guam Del. Michael San Nicolas introduced the congressional bill to add the payment authorization that the Loyalty Recognition Act lacked.

The local government has been paying out war reparations, and at last count had exceeded $9 million. That money is supposed to be reimbursed to local coffers with the passage of this legislation. 

See press release below: 

The White House Office of the Press Secretary

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

March 26, 2020

On Thursday, March 26, 2020, the President signed into law:

H.R. 1365, which authorizes the payment of eligible claims to victims and survivors of the attack and occupation of Guam by the Imperial Japanese forces;

H.R. 4803, the "Citizenship for Children of Military Members and Civil Servants Act," which establishes that a foreign-born child of a U.S. citizen member of the Armed Forces or Government employee stationed abroad may automatically acquire U.S. citizenship even if the child is not residing in the United States;

S. 760, the "Support for Veterans in Effective Apprenticeships Act," which improves coordination between DOL and VA regarding individuals using VA education benefits for apprenticeship programs; and

S. 1678, the "Taiwan Allies International Protection and Enhancement Initiative (TAIPEI) Act of 2019," which requires the Department of State to report to Congress on steps taken by the United States government to strengthen Taiwan's diplomatic relations with other partners in the Indo-Pacific region and alter United States' engagement with nations that undermine the security or prosperity of Taiwan.

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