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The governor has been back one week now from her travels to the states including to the nation's capital. She spoke with KUAM News saying it was a positive visit to the U.S. Treasury.

"The chief counsel there is very supportive of the U.S. Territories, he is very supportive of our plight in making sure that we get the cover over that's due to us and so they are working very hard to see how much that will get back to us," Gov. Lou Leon Guerrero said. "The issue with that is violations and penalties and they don't really apply to us getting that back and it would just be the tax portion.

The governor discussed reconciling past Section 30 cover-over money that could result in an additional $5 million to $6 million in funding for Guam.


"It will go to the general fund then we will disperse it in areas of priority as we see fit," she said.

The talks also included war reparations.


"We've talked to everybody about it," she said. "I presented it at the hearings in front of the Senate and the house, and he thinks it has to go through legislation, and Mike San Nicolas has already introduced two bills so they know about it and I am pretty sure they will expedite it if they have to do it in the budget bill NDAA that is going forward they will do it that route. But I am also looking on how we can do it administratively."

Leon Guerrero also touched on the issue dealing with the H-2B visa crisis.

"They are very sympathetic about it," she said. "We are trying to see if we can fix it administrative wise and also the legislative portion. I did speak with the homeland security people along with immigration, and they are working out a process to expedite it, but the key is follow up. I am going to have former Congresswoman Bordallo stay on it and our chief of Staff Tony Babauta. We are going to press the issue."

The governor said the proof now would be in the results still pending that ultimately would determine if the promises in Washington, D.C. will be fulfilled.

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