United States' Interests in the Freely Associated States, Hearing Before the Committee on Energy and Natural Resources, United States Senate, One Hundred Sixteenth Congress, First Session, July 23, 2019 [open pdf - 8MB]
This is the July 23, 2019 hearing on "The United States' Interests in the Freely Associated States," held before the U.S. Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources. From the opening statement of Lisa Murkowski: "The Committee will come to order as we meet this morning to review the United States' interests in the Freely Associated States, which include the Republic of the Marshall Islands, the Federated States of Micronesia, as well as the Republic of Palau. The United States has a unique relationship with these nations through our Compacts of Free Association, through which we provide for their national defense, and their citizens have the right to live, to work and go to school in the United States without the need for a visa. And in return, the U.S. has access to their lands and waters for strategic purposes and, just as importantly, the ability to deny other nations that same access. [...] In today's world of bad actors, we don't spend nearly enough time engaging with our friends and hearing out their concerns. The Freely Associated States nations are truly our friends and they are allies. Their citizens are part of our Armed Forces. They vote with the United States on important votes in the United Nations (U.N.) more often than perhaps any other nation except Israel, and they live and work in each of our 50 states, making a positive contribution to our nation." Statements, letters, and materials submitted for the record include those of the following: Douglas Domenech, Randall G. Schriver, Sandra Oudkirk, and David Gootnick.
S. Hrg. 116-331; Senate Hearing 116-331
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