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Congressman San Nicolas introduced his first bill in DC

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Courtesy: Office of Congressman Michael San Nicolas Courtesy: Office of Congressman Michael San Nicolas

Congressman Michael San Nicolas introduced his first bill as Guam’s representative which would extend the supplemental security income program to the territory.

HR 208 is being called the Guam Supplemental Security Equality Act.

The introduction of the measure comes about a month after one Guam woman filed a lawsuit in the District Court of Guam suing Social Security over restrictions of federal assistance.

Katrina Schaller, a Guam resident, and her twin sister, Leslie, who lives in Pennsylvania, both live with a debilitating hereditary condition called myotonic dystrophy. Leslie receives close to $800 a month in Supplemental Security Income which allows her to lead an independent life. Katrina, however, cannot receive SSI because she lives on Guam.

“Supplemental Security Income is a benefit generally for our disabled community, which pays up to $750 per month to help with daily living and service needs,” San Nicolas stated. “Families can receive up to $1,125 per month. Every State receives this support, as does the Territory of Washington D.C. and the CNMI. Now that this is introduced I will meet with the Chair of the Committee of jurisdiction to initiate dialogue, and am already securing co-sponsors among my colleagues.”

San Nicolas said Guam is one of only two other districts to introduce a bill on the first day of the 116th Congress, and also the first territory in the modern history of territories to introduce a bill on the first day.

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