The onus is now on President Obama to make The United States-Caribbean Strategic Engagement Act (H.R. 4939) law, an act that could be beneficial to the Caribbean ahead of Donald Trump’s inauguration in January.
The Act, which was co-sponsored by Representative Eliot L. Engel (D-NY), Ranking Member of the House Committee on Foreign Affairs, and Representative Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-FL), a former Chair of the Committee, passed the Senate this week after the House passed it in June and now needs Obama’s signature to make it law.
H.R. 4939 calls for a new, long-term strategy to strengthen ties between the United States and its Caribbean neighbors. It will strengthen relations with the Caribbean by requiring the Secretary of State and the Administrator of the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) to submit to Congress a multiyear strategy focused on enhancing engagement with the countries of the Caribbean.
The legislation puts particular emphasis on energy security, countering violence, expanding diplomacy and providing educational exchange opportunities for citizens of the Caribbean.