Palau Compact wins approval in NDDA

It's been pending since 2010, but so far, there's no money to pay for it

It's been seven long years since Palau and the U.S. government signed off on the Palau Compact agreement, but despite its inclusion in the National Defense Authorization Act just signed off on by President Trump, it's still not funded.

That's a pretty big deal, since the agreement called for $229 million through 2024. Trump has asked for $124 million of that amount in his fiscal year 2018 budget.

According to a news release from the Office of Insular Affairs, Department of the Interior, DOI Secretary Ryan Zinke was cheerleading for the president's action.

“The U.S. Insular Areas are on the front lines of North Korean aggression and are an important part of the strategic defense for our nation,” ​​said Secretary Zinke. “Authorizing full funding for the agreement is an important element of the Pacific national security strategy to maintain stability in the Western Pacific Region and we look forward to continuing our work with Congress to get this job done. President Trump’s strong support for the agreement, the Department's budget request, and Congress' support for it all point to the strategic importance of our U.S. Territories and the Freely Associated States. I have served with a number of warriors from the islands and I look forward to visiting the people of Pa