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Measure provides education for political status

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by Sabrina Salas Matanane

Guam - A measure that facilitates political status education programs is on its way to President Barack Obama for his signature.  HR-3940 has cleared both the House and Senate.

The measure, introduced by Congresswoman Madeleine Bordallo, clarifies that the U.S. Department of the Interior has the authority to provide funding for an awareness campaign on political status for a future vote on self-determination.

HR-3940 was introduced by Guam Congresswoman Madeleine Bordallo on October 27, 2009 and it originally passed the full House of Representatives on December 7, 2009 by voice vote. "The passage of this bill by the Senate and the House recognizes the importance of political self-determination for the people of Guam," said Congresswoman Bordallo. 

"The bill makes it clear that the Secretary of the Interior has the authority and should provide federal funding for political status education for a future self-determination vote.  It is supported by the Obama Administration, local government officials, and decolonization and indigenous rights advocates on Guam, and I look forward to President Obama signing the bill into law.  As soon as it becomes law I will request Assistant Secretary Tony Babauta to follow Congressional intent and provide federal funds to Guam for a political status education program."

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