Governor will sign local war claims bill if legislature acts on it
The governor does not want to wait for Congress anymore to free up money for war claims. She's expecting senators to take up a bill this month that will finally compensate manamko' for their suffering during the war.
The governor confirms she's had talks with lawmakers about the local war claims bill, and if it passes, she will sign it.
Millions of dollars to pay war claims have been tied up at the Treasury department which is awaiting passage of corrective legislation that would authorize the release of the money, which comes from taxes collected from federal employees here.
The legislature and the administration had been holding off from passing local legislation at the urging of Congressman Michael San Nicolas whose bill to fix the treasury issue passed the democratic house but has yet to be acted on by the republican led senate.
The administration has already identified about $7 million it can tap to pay the first group of claimants identified by a federal war claims compensation commission.