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House Proceeding on Feb 23rd, 2009 :: 0:13:40 to 0:22:00
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Madeleine Z. Bordallo

0:13:28 to 0:13:49( Edit History Discussion )

Madeleine Z. Bordallo: clerk will report the title of th the clerk: h.r. 44, a -- the speaker pro tempore: pursuant to the rule, the gentlewoman from guam, ms. bordallo, and the gentleman from utah, mr. bishop, each will control 20 minutes. the chair recognizes the gentlewoman from guam. ms. bordallo: mr. speaker, i ask unanimous consent that all

Madeleine Z. Bordallo

0:13:40 to 0:22:00( Edit History Discussion )
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Madeleine Z. Bordallo

0:13:50 to 0:14:12( Edit History Discussion )

Madeleine Z. Bordallo: members may have five legislative days to revise and extend their remarks and include extraneous material on the speaker pro tempore: without objection. ms. bordallo: mr. speake i rise today to urge my colleagues to pass h.r. 44, the guam world war ii loyalty recognition act. first, i thank chairman nick

Madeleine Z. Bordallo

0:14:13 to 0:14:33( Edit History Discussion )

Madeleine Z. Bordallo: rahall and former reab don young for their leadership -- ranking member don young for their leadership on this issue and for their support in passing the bill in the last congress and in bringing it back to the floor today given that the other body was unable to pass it befored a jurning last year. this bill, mr. speaker, h.r. 44, is the same bill that was passed by the house of

Madeleine Z. Bordallo

0:14:34 to 0:14:55( Edit History Discussion )

Madeleine Z. Bordallo: representatives with broad bipartisan support on may 8, 2007. . i want to thank also majority leader steny hoyer, chairman john conyers of the house committee on the judiciary, and chairman ike skelton of the committee on armed services, and the gentleman from wisconsin, mr. sensenbrenner, the former

Madeleine Z. Bordallo

0:14:56 to 0:15:17( Edit History Discussion )

Madeleine Z. Bordallo: chairman of the committee on judiciary, for their steadfast support of this bill. h.r. 44 recommendations of the guam war claims review commission which was authorized by public law 107-333 to review the war claims program for guam that congress provided for following the

Madeleine Z. Bordallo

0:15:18 to 0:15:39( Edit History Discussion )

Madeleine Z. Bordallo: occupation of guam from december 8, 1941 to july the review commission, mr. speaker, which was appointed by the secretary of the interior, gayle norton, in september of 2003, was mandated by congress to determine whether there was parody of war claims paid to the

Madeleine Z. Bordallo

0:15:40 to 0:16:01( Edit History Discussion )

Madeleine Z. Bordallo: residents of guam under the guam meritorious claims act as compared with awards made to similarly affected united nations -- united states citizens or nationals as a result of the hostilities during world war ii. the review commission was mandated to advise the congress on any additional compensation that may be necessary to compensation the people of guam

Madeleine Z. Bordallo

0:16:02 to 0:16:22( Edit History Discussion )

Madeleine Z. Bordallo: for death, personal injury, forced labor, forced march, and internment in order to provide parody. in accomplishing its task, the review commission held two days of hearings on guam in december of 2003 to receive testimony from survivors of the occupation of guam. the review commission also held

Madeleine Z. Bordallo

0:16:23 to 0:16:45( Edit History Discussion )

Madeleine Z. Bordallo: hearings here in washington, d.c., and consulted with a panel of experts in this field of law. the review commission completed its work and reported to congress its findings and recommendations on june 9, 2004. the review commission found that there was a lack of parody between the war claims program

Madeleine Z. Bordallo

0:16:46 to 0:17:07( Edit History Discussion )

Madeleine Z. Bordallo: authorized for guam as compared all other affected and recommended that congress remedy this injustice through the enactment of legislation which is before us today. i think it is very important that we note the first finding of the review commission's report, and i'll quote, the review commission finds that there is a moral obligation on

Madeleine Z. Bordallo

0:17:08 to 0:17:28( Edit History Discussion )

Madeleine Z. Bordallo: the part of our national government to pay compensation for war dames in order to ensure to the extent possible that no single individual or group of individuals compares more than just part of the overall -- bears more than just part of the overall burden of war, end quote. today, mr. speaker, we again

Madeleine Z. Bordallo

0:17:29 to 0:17:49( Edit History Discussion )

Madeleine Z. Bordallo: consider a bill that would fulfill this moral obligation on the part of our national government to a group of citizens, the people of guam, most of whom were indigenous cha muiros, who bore the burden of a bral occupation. the people of guam were brutalized through public execution, beheadi severe injury, forced labor,

Madeleine Z. Bordallo

0:17:50 to 0:18:11( Edit History Discussion )

Madeleine Z. Bordallo: forced march, and internment in concentration camps. h.r. 44 is called the loyalty recognition act because the loyalty of the people of guam to the united states during this 32-month enemy occupation should be honored. it is tragic history that following the liberation congress did not provide for war claims for

Madeleine Z. Bordallo

0:18:12 to 0:18:33( Edit History Discussion )

Madeleine Z. Bordallo: people of guam in the same manner and with the same opportunities that were afforded to other americans. the people who carried a disproportionate burden of the war were given less than other americans when it came time to make our nation whole. and those who gave more in blood got less in recognition. over and over at the hearings on

Madeleine Z. Bordallo

0:18:34 to 0:18:54( Edit History Discussion )

Madeleine Z. Bordallo: guam people said, we just w to be recognized. we just want to be treated with respect. we just want to receive the same restitution that other americans receive. this is a matter that each one of my predecessors has worked bring to the attention of congress.

Madeleine Z. Bordallo

0:18:55 to 0:19:17( Edit History Discussion )

Madeleine Z. Bordallo: the late wampat, the first delegate to serve in this institution, he first pursued a resolution of this issue whi was followed by th representative to congress, the retired marine brigadier general ben blas, himself who survived the occupation, and, mr.

Madeleine Z. Bordallo

0:19:18 to 0:19:38( Edit History Discussion )

Madeleine Z. Bordallo: speaker, today. i would like to point out that he has written a wonderful account, a very accurate account of the rembrance of occupation years in world war ii. it's called "let us rember." i know many of my colleagues have read this book. and he's here today t

Madeleine Z. Bordallo

0:19:39 to 0:19:59( Edit History Discussion )

Madeleine Z. Bordallo: support to bill 44. my immediate predecessor, congressman robert underwood, sponsored the legislation in the 107th congress that was passed with unanimous approval and created the review commission. so our work together and the historic progress of the guam world war ii loyalty recognition act is possible only because of

Madeleine Z. Bordallo

0:20:00 to 0:20:20( Edit History Discussion )

Madeleine Z. Bordallo: the foundation that each of these contributed to this bipartisan effort. the issue of guam war claims has been studied and examined by this body over the past 26 years. and as i stated the last time, this bill came to the floor several hearings have been held and the record is replete with testimony from survivors, legal

Madeleine Z. Bordallo

0:20:21 to 0:20:42( Edit History Discussion )

Madeleine Z. Bordallo: exspeverts, -- experts, historians, and scholars. committee staff members have played a valuable role in this process. so the issue has thoroughly been examined. i want to thank jim zoya, staff director of the national resources committee, tony, staff director of the insular affairs subcommittee. i also acknowledge the counsels

Madeleine Z. Bordallo

0:20:43 to 0:21:04( Edit History Discussion )

Madeleine Z. Bordallo: to the committee, rick, brian, as well as lisa and harry from the republican staff who have worked on this legislation. again we stand on the brink of an historic moment for the people of guam. i regret, mr. speaker, many survivors of the occupation of guam are not with us today and we know that others will pass away before this bill its legislative journey.

Madeleine Z. Bordallo

0:21:05 to 0:21:27( Edit History Discussion )

Madeleine Z. Bordallo: but we have this moment to recall why we continue this effort on whose behalf we are speaking today and why it is so vitally important to our nation that we recognize the incredible sacrifices of the people of guam during world war ii. i very much doubt that any foreign power will ever again occupy american soil and place

Madeleine Z. Bordallo

0:21:28 to 0:21:49( Edit History Discussion )

Madeleine Z. Bordallo: american citizens under subjugation. the story of the people of guam will thus be a unique story, less known than the bombing of pearl harbor and other heroic stories of world war ii. it is the story of the our nation, hope in our god, and love for our families. and as i stated in 2007, mr. speaker, if i could vote on final passage of this bill, it

Madeleine Z. Bordallo

0:21:50 to 0:22:01( Edit History Discussion )

Madeleine Z. Bordallo: would be my greatest honor to recognize the people of guam by voting. but since i cannot vote as a delegate, i offer all of my colleagues the honor of recognizing their fellow

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