Amata Voices Her Support to Implement Palau Compact
Washington, D.C. –Thursday, Congresswoman Aumua Amata, who serves as the Vice –Chairman of the House Natural Resources, Indian, Insular, & Alaska Native Affairs Subcommittee, voiced her support for the implementation of the Palau Compact during a legislative hearing yesterday on H.R. 4531, which would approve an agreement between the United States and the Republic of Palau.
Congresswoman Amata addresses the witnesses during yesterday’s IIANA Subcommittee hearing
“I support both Mr. Sablan’s bill in the House, and Senator Hirono’s bill in the Senate, as they both achieve the same goal, which is the implementation of the Compact,” said Amata. “It is vitally important that the United States continues its long standing position as a nation that honors its obligations,” continued the Congresswoman.
H.R. 4531 would rectify the long-outstanding implementation of the Compact which was renewed in 2010, and has yet to be approved by Congress. The Compact provides economic support to Palau, while allowing the U.S. to maintain its economic influence and national security interests in that region of the Pacific.
“It is time that we put this issue to bed and get it done,” stated Amata. “The people of Palau deserve as much, and we owe it to ourselves to ensure that we continue to honor our obligations and remain as an example to the rest of the world when it comes to our credibility. I want to thank my colleague Mr. Sablan for introducing this legislation of which I am proud to be a cosponsor, and I look forward to putting this issue to rest and seeing Congress fulfill its duties to the people of the Freely Associated State of Palau,” concluded the Congresswoman.
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