US Senate passes funds for Pacific island nations after congressional delays

US Senate passes funds for Pacific island nations after congressional delays (msn.com)

Story by Khushboo Razdan •  4 min read

  • Deals for Marshall Islands, Micronesia and Palau, intended to counter China’s influence in the region, win passage as part of appropriations package
  • House passed bill, which averts a government shutdown, on Wednesday; now heads to White House for signing into law

Five months behind schedule, the US Senate on Friday approved promised economic assistance for three allied Pacific island nations to blunt China’s influence in the strategically vital region.

The delayed funding for the Marshall Islands, Micronesia and Palau under the Compacts of Free Association (Cofa) found its way through a US$460 billion appropriations package passed by the Senate hours before a midnight Friday deadline to narrowly avert a federal government shutdown.

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