By: L.N. Reklai
June 7, 2017 (Washington D.C) Two ranking members of US House Subcommittee on Asia and the Pacific expressed support for funding for the Compact Review Agreement between United States and the Republic of Palau in a letter to Chairman Mac Thornberry and Ranking member Adam Smith of the House Armed Services Committee.
Representatives Theodore Yoho and Brad Sherman urged the members of the Armed Services Committee to include in the Conference Report for the US National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) funding for the Compact Review Agreement for the FY 2018.
“The Compact Review Agreement reinforces our relationship with a tremendous ally in the Pacific and advances the national security interests of the United States in an increasingly complex region of the world,” stated the letter.
Furthermore it states, “Our failure to fund this agreement for seven years undermines those goals for our steadfast and patient ally and unnecessarily jeopardize U.S. interests in the region.”
In President Trump’s Budget for the Department of Defense for FY 2018, in includes the $123.9 million to fund Palau Compact Review Agreement. [/restrict]