While this is covered in the comments under my 'random thoughts' post, I thought it important enough to move it to it's own post...
The House approved the Guam World War II Loyalty Recognition Act 288-133. A link to the bill is here. The purpose of the bill is as follows:
SEC. 2. PURPOSES.
The purposes of this Act are to—
(1) acknowledge the suffering of the residents of Guam as a result of the occupation of Guam in World War II by Imperial Japanese military forces;
(2) acknowledge the steadfast loyalty to the United States of the residents of Guam as a result of the occupation of Guam in World War II by Imperial Japanese military forces;
(3) compensate surviving relatives for the deaths of residents of Guam as a result of the occupation of Guam in World War II by Imperial Japanese military forces;
(4) compensate persons who themselves suffered personal injury (including rape and malnutrition), forced labor, forced march, or internment as a result of the occupation of Guam in World War II by Imperial Japanese military forces; and
(5) establish a trust fund to sponsor research and educational activities regarding the wartime occupation and liberation of Guam, scholarships, medical facilities, and other benefits for the people of Guam.
If you'd like to know who voted for/against this bill, you can check here.
Of course, it comes as no surprise that our congresswoman, Marcy Kaptur, voted to support this bill. What may surprise people is that Paul Gillmor also voted in favor. Other Ohio representatives who voted yes are: Stephanie Jones, Dennis Kucinich, Tim Ryan, Zachary Space, Betty Sutton, and Charles Wilson.
Those who voted no are: John Boehner, Steve Chabot, David Hobson, Jim Jordan, Steven LaTourette, Deborah Pryce, Ralph Regula, Jean Schmidt, Pat Tiberi, and Michael Turner.
According to the Congressional Budget Office, this bill will cost $130 million during the 2008-2012 budget cycle.
Isn't there a better way to spend tax dollars from U.S. citizens? And, if reparations need to be paid, why aren't our representatives telling the Japanese government to take responsibility for this?
I think this is atrocious!