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02/06/2011: Ambassador Cuisia Meets Representatives Scott and Pelosi

Shown in the photos above are Ambassador Jose Cuisia with Representative Bobby Scott (2nd from left) and Representative Nancy Pelosi (rightmost).

02 JUNE 2011, WASHINGTON DC. Philippine Ambassador to the United States Jose L. Cuisia Jr. met House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) and Congressman Bobby Scott (D-VA), the U.S. Representative for Virginia's 3rd congressional district serving since 1993.  Among the issues discussed were the Filipino veterans bill, the SAVE Our Industries Act, and the Philippine-U.S. Friendship Caucus.

Then Speaker Pelosi was one of the key congressional leaders who facilitated the successful passage of the Filipino Veterans Equity Bill under the Stimulus Package of 2009. In one of her statements, she said that “we made promises then about honoring the service that they (Filipino veterans) gave to the war effort and the peace effort. That was rescinded in the '40s. And I'm very pleased that in our recovery package in January 2009 that we passed legislation recognizing our obligation to them.”

Having a maternal grandfather of Filipino ancestry gives Rep. Scott the distinction of being the first American with Filipino ancestry to serve as a voting member of the U.S. Congress. Out of eight Members, Rep. Scott is one of the four remaining founding pillars of the Philippine-U.S. Friendship Caucus.  He pledged to continue to take part in the Caucus’ activities and supportive of Philippine causes.  END