The hearing will be held on Tuesday, March 29, 2022, at 10:00 a.m. EST in Room 366 of the Dirksen Senate Office Building in Washington, DC.
The purpose of the hearing is to examine the strategic importance of the Freely Associated States to the United States and our allies in the Indo-Pacific region, including the Compacts of Free Association with the Federated States of Micronesia, the Republic of the Marshall Islands, and the Republic of Palau.
The Committee will follow guidelines developed in consultation with the Office of the Attending Physician and the Senate Rules Committee to protect the health of members, staff, and the public. Pursuant to this guidance, Senate office buildings are not open to the public other than official business visitors and credentialed press at this time. Accordingly, in-person visitors cannot be accommodated at this hearing.
The hearing will be webcast live on the Committee’s website, and an archived video will be available shortly after the hearing concludes. Witness testimony will be available on the website at the start of the hearing.
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Sen. Joe ManchinChairmanSenate Energy and Natural Resources Committee
Sen. John BarrassoRanking MemberSenate Energy and Natural Resources Committee
Witness Panel 1
Mr. Mark LambertDeputy Assistant Secretary, Bureau of East Asian and Pacific AffairsU.S. Department of State
Dr. Siddharth MohandasDeputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for East Asia, Office of the Secretary of DefenseU.S. Department of Defense
Mr. Keone NakoaDeputy Assistant Secretary, Insular and International AffairsU.S. Department of the Interior