U.S. Senate Passes COFA, Moves to President for Signature

The U.S. Senate passed a spending bill containing the Compact of Free Association (COFA) Amendment Act for the Marshall Islands, Micronesia, and Palau. The bill now goes to the President’s Office, where it will be signed into law by U.S. President Biden.

The passage comes two days after the U.S. House of Representatives voted in favor of the bill.

The COFA is an agreement between the United States and the Marshall Islands, the Federated States of Micronesia, and the Republic of Palau where the United States would provide funding, security guarantees, and other forms of assistance.

In return, the United States has the exclusive right to build and operate military bases in the three countries.