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115th CONGRESS
1st Session
H. CON. RES. 21


Reaffirming a strong commitment to the United States-Australia alliance relationship.


IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

February 6, 2017

Mr. Engel (for himself, Mr. Issa, Mr. Sherman, Mr. Keating, Mrs. Napolitano, Ms. Gabbard, Mr. Deutch, Mr. Bera, Mr. Ted Lieu of California, Mr. Castro of Texas, Ms. Kelly of Illinois, Mr. Suozzi, Mr. Meeks, Mrs. Torres, Mr. Sires, Mr. Brendan F. Boyle of Pennsylvania, Ms. Speier, Mr. Connolly, Ms. Hanabusa, Ms. Bordallo, Mr. Hastings, Mr. Evans, Mr. Smith of Washington, Mr. Espaillat, Mr. Courtney, Mr. Crowley, Mr. Himes, Mr. Schneider, Ms. Titus, Mr. Cohen, and Mr. McGovern) submitted the following concurrent resolution; which was referred to the Committee on Foreign Affairs


CONCURRENT RESOLUTION

Reaffirming a strong commitment to the United States-Australia alliance relationship.

    Whereas Australia is a vital partner of the United States;

    Whereas the United States and Australia share core values as well as deep cultural, security, and people-to-people ties;

    Whereas Australia has been a treaty ally of the United States since the signing of the Australia-New Zealand-United States (ANZUS) Treaty in 1951;

    Whereas an alliance bond is a sacred vow of friendship and trust, and Australia has always been a faithful and reliable partner to the United States;

    Whereas United States-Australia defense and intelligence ties and cooperation are exceptionally close, and Australian forces have fought together with the United States military in every significant conflict since World War I and over 100,000 Australian servicemembers have paid the highest price in the course of their service alongside American allies;

    Whereas Australia was one of the first countries to commit troops to United States military operations in Afghanistan and Iraq after September 11, 2001;

    Whereas Australia is a close partner of the United States, sharing information essential to the defense and security of the two countries, including through the Five Eyes intelligence community;

    Whereas the United States-Australia alliance is an anchor for peace and stability in the Indo-Asia Pacific region and around the world;

    Whereas Australia has welcomed proposals to reposition United States Marines to maintain Marine forces in the western Pacific and improve the United States strategic posture in the Indo-Asia Pacific region;

    Whereas the United States Air Force and the Australian Air Force have expanded cooperation and training to enhance the interoperability of the militaries of the two countries;

    Whereas Australia has led peacekeeping efforts in the Indo-Asia Pacific region, including in Timor-Leste and the Solomon Islands;

    Whereas Australia and the United States share strategic interests in the Indo-Asia Pacific region and globally, and have worked together to promote these shared goals and objectives;

    Whereas the United States and Australia have been free trade agreement partners since 2005, and the United States has a positive trade balance with Australia;

    Whereas robust United States-Australia defense cooperation contributes not only to the mutual defense of the two countries but also to American jobs;

    Whereas more than 300,000 U.S. jobs are supported by United States exports to Australia and nearly 9,000 Australian companies sell or operate in the United States;

    Whereas the United States and Australia work closely in the numerous global and regional fora, including the World Trade Organization and the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation forum;

    Whereas Australia shares many of the United States concerns in the struggle against Islamist militancy in Southeast Asia and beyond, and is part of the global coalition to defeat the “so-called Islamic State (IS)”; and

    Whereas the United States and Australia have enjoyed a close relationship over many successive Republican and Democratic administrations: Now, therefore, be it

Resolved by the House of Representatives (the Senate concurring), That the House of Representatives—

(1) reaffirms the strong alliance relationship between Australia and the United States;

(2) supports continued diplomatic, military, and economic cooperation between Australia and the United States; and

(3) reaffirms the importance of a United States-Australia relationship based on mutual respect and befitting a close and longstanding United States alliance partner crucial to the preservation of United States national interests in the Indo-Asia Pacific region and around the world.