United States President Donald Trump proposed an allocation of $611-million for Fiscal year 2020 that will be distributed among its territories and freely associated states.

In a report by the Pacific Island Times, US assistant secretary of the Interior for Insular and International Affairs Doug Domenech was quoted in saying that the 2020 budget request is intended for the mission to fulfill the country’s responsibilities in the Caribbean and the Pacific.

The proposed budget is $3 million higher than the total sum of funds allocated for its territories and the freely associated states in Fiscal 2019.

“The proposed budget represents action to strengthen economic and health capacities in the U.S. territories while also fulfilling U.S. obligations to the freely associated states,” Domenech was quoted in the report.

Out of the proposed budget, $526.6 million is reportedly a mandatory funding to its territories while the remaining 84.1 million will be for discretionary appropriations. (Rhealyn C. Pojas)