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Congresswoman Madeleine Z. Bordallo

Representing the People of Guam

Bordallo Discusses Territorial Issues, Chamorro Land Trust with Senator Mike San Nicolas

October 17, 2017
Press Release

Washington, D.C. – Congresswoman Madeleine Z. Bordallo today met with Guam Senator Michael F.Q. San Nicolas at her Washington, D.C. office and discussed the legal challenges facing the Chamorro Land Trust, as well as other federal priorities for Guam. Also discussed were issues within Senator San Nicolas’ jurisdiction as chair of the Legislature’s Committee on General Government Operations and Federal, Foreign, & Regional Affairs.

 

Congresswoman Bordallo discussed Senator San Nicolas’ resolution requesting federal tribal recognition for Chamorros. The Congresswoman is exploring legislative remedies that will maintain the original intent of the Chamorro Land Trust Act and will present options to Governor Calvo and the Legislature. Congresswoman Bordallo expressed her intention to introduce legislation, with the support of the Governor and Guam Legislature, to allow the Chamorro Land Trust to continue to administer homelands for the benefit of the Chamorro people.

 

Senator San Nicolas also raised bills and resolutions he authored seeking to expand Section 30 tax payments remitted by the federal government to Guam, as well as efforts to extend the Social Security program to new GovGuam employees.

Senator San Nicolas is in Washington, D.C. to meet with federal officials on issues impacting Guam. Congresswoman Bordallo arranged several meetings for Senator San Nicolas at the U.S. Department of the Interior’s Office of Insular Affairs, Bureau of Indian Affairs, Federal Trade Commission, House Committee on Natural Resources, House Committee on Energy and Commerce, and House Committee on Judiciary.

“I appreciated meeting with Senator San Nicolas today to discuss Guam’s federal priorities and his work in the Legislature. We had a productive conversation on the legal challenge brought against the Chamorro Land Trust, and I reiterated my commitment to work with him, the Legislature, and the Governor to identify a legislative solution that would enable the CLT to continue to administer homelands for the benefit of the Chamorro people. I believe that we must present a unified, “One Guam” position and that any solution introduced by me in Congress must have consensus support from local leaders and the people of Guam.

We also discussed meetings my office secured for him with senior staff in the Trump Administration and House committees of jurisdiction. These meetings will give him an opportunity to discuss his proposals directly with the relevant federal agencies.”