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10/02/2009: Ambassador Gaa on Passage of Stimulus Bill at U.S. Senate and Filipino Veterans Lump Sum Benefits

10 February 2009 – Commenting on the passage at the U.S. Senate of the economic stimulus bill, Philippine Ambassador to the United States Willy C. Gaa said, “The U.S. Senate today passed their version of the economic stimulus bill on a vote of 61-37. In relation to this development, I was informed that under Section 1002, Title X of the bill, the provision providing a lump sum benefit for Filipino WWII has been retained.”

Asked on what happens next, Ambassador Gaa explained, “Both Houses of the U.S. Congress will be assigning their respective members for the conference committee that will try to reconcile the Senate and House versions of the bill. We must remember that the House version does not include the Filipino WWII veterans provision on lump sum benefits and recognition. The Embassy, together with members of the Filipino community and veterans groups, will be closely monitoring developments on this matter. Let us all hope for the best.” END.