Hagåtña, Guam – Tonight, Senator Nelson, working with the body, passed multiple amendments for the Guam Customs and Quarantine Agency during the Session budget Bill no 55-36 (COR). The amendments are as follows:
The first amendment that passed was an amendment to allocate three million dollars ($3,000,000) from the revenues received from the general fund to pay the retroactive hazardous duty pay that is owed to the Guam Customs and Quarantine Agency. On May 3, 2021, Senator Nelson requested information from the Guam Customs and Quarantine Agency regarding retroactive hazardous duty pay owed to them. Public Law 33-195 was enacted on December 15, 2016, but the officers had yet to receive their hazardous compensation. This amendment will cover the cost of what is owed to the Guam Customs and Quarantine Officers.
The following amendment allocates one hundred fifty-five thousand one hundred ninety-two dollars ($155,192) to pay out the Guam Customs and Quarantine Agency for multiple purposes. On August 11, 2021, Senator Nelson received lists of what was due to the customs officers. That list consisted of uniform allowance FY2020, typhoon Wutip back pay, detail appointment pay, reimbursement of CADET training cost, and overtime pay to cover shortfalls at Ports of Entry, among other things.
Finally, the last amendment ensured that the balance of funds appropriated to the Guam Customs and Quarantine Agency in Public Law 33-99 would not lapse and be used until expended.
“For the past four years, we have all tried to work with the Department of Administration and the Guam Customs and Quarantine to get the pay that was owed to them. We have held numerous hearings on all of the issues they were facing, and these amendments will help to address those issues,” said Senator Nelson.
“I want to thank my colleagues for all of their support, and I am very grateful that these amendments passed unanimously,” said Senator Nelson.
For more information, please contact the Office of Senator
Telena Cruz Nelson at (671) 989-7696 or email@example.com
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