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1/3/2013--Introduced.Guam World War II Loyalty Recognition Act - Recognizes the suffering and the loyalty of the residents of Guam during the Japanese occupation of Guam in World War... Read More

Status

This bill was introduced on Jan 3, 2013, in a previous session of Congress, but was not passed.

Bill Text

A BILL

To implement the recommendations of the Guam War Claims Review Commission.

Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled,

SECTION 1. SHORT TITLE.

This Act may be cited as the ``Guam World War II Loyalty Recognition Act''.

SEC. 2. RECOGNITION OF THE SUFFERING AND LOYALTY OF THE RESIDENTS OF GUAM.

(a) Recognition of the Suffering of the Residents of Guam.--The United States recognizes that, as described by the Guam War Claims Review Commission, the residents of Guam, on account of their United States nationality, suffered unspeakable harm as a result of the occupation of Guam by Imperial Japanese military forces during World War II, by being subjected to death, rape, severe personal injury, personal injury, forced labor, forced march, or internment. (b) Recognition of the Loyalty of the Residents of Guam.--The United States forever will be grateful to the residents of Guam for their steadfast loyalty to the United States, as demonstrated by the countless acts of courage they performed despite the threat of death or great bodily harm they faced at the hands of the Imperial Japanese military forces that occupied Guam during World War II.

SEC. 3. GUAM WORLD WAR II CLAIMS FUND.

(a) Establishment of Fund.--The Secretary of the Treasury shall establish in the Treasury of the United States a special fund (in this Act referred to as the ``Claims Fund'') for the payment of claims submitted by compensable Guam victims and survivors of compensable Guam...

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I support H.R. 44: Guam World War II Loyalty Recognition Act because...It is important that we honor the heroic efforts and acts of valor that these residents gave in support of our US troops in WWII. Just as we would not turn our backs on the families of our fallen war veterans of any war should we not look any less favorable to these families who have suffered the loss of a potential income earner or the ability to earn an income after the war because of wars atrocities. The sad thing is it has been over 65 years since the liberation of Guam and many of those who gave their ultimate sacrifice have gone unrewarded and unappreciated in their fight for freedom around the world. It is high time the US Government make good on its debt to the few remaining individuals who have managed to eek out a life after this terrible war and compensate those who rightly deserve a place right along side our war heroes past and present. This bill will only payout a fraction of the amount that was intended for as most of those deserving are long gone. Let us not forget the few that remain and make good on the debt that we were too late in giving.

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BrianM888
CA-50
2 years ago

Users Opposing

I oppose H.R. 44: Guam World War II Loyalty Recognition Act because...the Federal Government is bankrupt and does not have the funds to accomplish this no matter how well intentioned it is. What about adequate compensation to US service personel who are maimed in this government's futile wars in Afganistan etc. etc. etc. etc. etc.?? Now, when we are bankrupt, is not the time to dredge up issues like this and ignore the disastrous effects of profligate waste in Federal expenditures. What moronic lack of logic and refusal to face reality drove the introduction of this legislation? Congress needs to awaken from the dream and start dealing with reality in 2013 not the 1940's. Those of us who actually pay the small fraction of the Fed. bills that actually get paid are getting sick and tired of a congress that has bought into the fallacy of unlimited government. Please, stop trying to find more and more ways to spend the last little bit of my money that I get to keep after the IRS steals me blind every quarter!!!!

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freethepeople
SD-0
1 year ago

I oppose H.R. 44: Guam World War II Loyalty Recognition Act because...The war ended 60 years ago,why do we need to start giveing them money NOW.we have already given them alot and if it hadent been for us defeting Japan they would have been taken over completly.I think we have done enough for them.

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CA
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raiderrob67
CA-1
2 years ago

I oppose H.R. 44: Guam World War II Loyalty Recognition Act because this country is BROKE. We do not need to borrow money from CHINA to pay back Guam for something that happened ages ago. Let them borrow money from China if they need money.

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brookd007
TX-11
2 years ago

I oppose H.R. 44: Guam World War II Loyalty Recognition Act because it seems to be open ended and benefits those who were not alive during the war. The People do not need another entitlement program. Respectfully, Jerry Adams

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jerrya3900
TX-21
2 years ago

Bill Summary

1/3/2013--Introduced.Guam World War II Loyalty Recognition Act - Recognizes the suffering and the loyalty of the residents of Guam during the Japanese occupation of Guam in World War II. Directs the Secretary of the Treasury to establish a Fund for the payment of claims submitted by compensable Guam victims and survivors of compensable Guam decedents. Directs the Secretary to make specified payments to: (1) living Guam residents who were raped, injured, interned, or subjected to forced labor or marches, or internment resulting from, or incident to, such occupation and subsequent liberation; and (2) survivors of compensable residents who died in war (such payments to be made after payments have been made to surviving Guam residents). Directs the Foreign Claims Settlement Commission to specify injuries that would constitute a severe personal injury or a personal injury and adjudicate claims and determine payment eligibility. Requires claims to be filed within one year after the Commission publishes public notice of the filing period in the Federal Register and in the Guam media. Directs the Secretary of the Interior to establish a grant program for research, educational, and media activities that memorialize the events surrounding the occupation of Guam during World War II or honor the loyalty of the people of Guam during such occupation.

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