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H.Con.Res. 110 (115th): Recognizing the rich history, heritage, and strategic importance of the Republic of the Marshall Islands and the Marshallese population residing in the United States.

The text of the bill below is as of Feb 27, 2018 (Introduced).


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115th CONGRESS

2d Session

H. CON. RES. 110

IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

February 27, 2018

(for himself, Mr. Westerman, Mr. Crawford, Mr. Hill, Ms. Hanabusa, and Ms. Gabbard) submitted the following concurrent resolution; which was referred to the Committee on Natural Resources, and in addition to the Committees on Oversight and Government Reform, Foreign Affairs, and Armed Services, for a period to be subsequently determined by the Speaker, in each case for consideration of such provisions as fall within the jurisdiction of the committee concerned

CONCURRENT RESOLUTION

Recognizing the rich history, heritage, and strategic importance of the Republic of the Marshall Islands and the Marshallese population residing in the United States.

Whereas the Republic of the Marshall Islands—

(1)

is a sovereign country in free association with the United States under the Compact of Free Association between the Government of the United States and the Government of the Republic of the Marshall Islands (referred to in this preamble as the Compact), approved in the Compact of Free Association Amendments Act of 2003 (Public Law 108–188; 117 Stat. 2720), which—

(A)

is set to expire in 2023; and

(B)

authorizes economic assistance, through Federal grants and programs, to persons in the Republic of the Marshall Islands; and

(2)

has full authority and responsibility over security and defense matters relating to the Republic of the Marshall Islands;

Whereas, under the Compact, eligible citizens of the Republic of the Marshall Islands may reside, work, and study in the United States without a visa and may serve in the Armed Forces of the United States;

Whereas an estimated 1/3 of the population of the Republic of the Marshall Islands has relocated to the United States; and

Whereas Marshallese individuals who live in the United States—

(1)

offer positive economic and cultural benefits to the communities in which those individuals live;

(2)

pay Federal and State taxes but are not eligible for benefits under—

(A)

the Medicare program established under title XVIII of the Social Security Act (42 U.S.C. 1395 et seq.); or

(B)

the Medicaid program established under title XIX of the Social Security Act (42 U.S.C. 1396 et seq.); and

(3)

were undercounted in the 2010 census and, as a result, areas where those individuals live are underserved by the Federal Government: Now, therefore, be it

That Congress—

(1)

commends—

(A)

the rich history and heritage of the Republic of the Marshall Islands; and

(B)

citizens of the Republic of the Marshall Islands who live in the United States for the contributions of those individuals to—

(i)

the communities in which those individuals live; and

(ii)

the national defense of the United States through their service in the Armed Forces of the United States;

(2)

recognizes—

(A)

the strategic importance of the Republic of the Marshall Islands; and

(B)

the importance of the upcoming renegotiation of the Compact of Free Association between the Government of the United States and the Government of the Republic of the Marshall Islands; and

(3)

encourages a continued commitment to improve census data to better serve citizens of the Republic of the Marshall Islands who live in the United States.