H. Rept. 115-1039,Part 1 1 (2018-11-20)

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                    115TH CONGRESS                                     REPT.115-1039
                       2d Session     HOUSE   OF REPRESENTATIVES           Part 1





                    TO   APPROVE AN AGREEMENT BETWEEN THE UNITED
                      STATES AND THE REPUBLIC OF PALAU, AND FOR
                      OTHER PURPOSES


                                    NOVEMBER 20, 2018.-Ordered to be printed


                      Mr. BISHOP  of Utah, from the Committee  on Natural Resources,
                                         submitted  the following


                                             REPORT

                                           [To accompany H.R. 2085]

                              [Including cost estimate of the Congressional Budget Office]
                      The Committee   on Natural Resources,  to whom  was referred the
                    bill (H.R. 2085)  to approve  an  agreement  between   the United
                    States and  the Republic of Palau, and  for other purposes, having
                    considered the same, report favorably thereon without  amendment
                    and recommend   that the bill do pass.
                                          PURPOSE   OF THE BILL
                      The  purpose of H.R. 2085  is to approve an  agreement  between
                    the United States and the Republic of Palau.
                                BACKGROUND AND NEED FOR LEGISLATION
                      The  Republic of Palau  is a small  nation comprised  of 340  is-
                    lands 1 in the western Pacific Ocean  located approximately  4,741
                    miles west of Hawaii,2 550  miles east of the Philippines, and 400
                    miles north  of Papua   New  Guinea.3  The  population  of roughly
                    22,000 4 lives on just 189 square miles of land, with the most popu-
                    lous island being Koror.5

                    1Of these islands, only 9 are inhabited. http://www.palaugov.pw/executive-branch/ministries/
                    finance/budgetandplanning/physical-features/.
                    2https://www.distancefromto.net/distance-from-palau-to-hawaii.
                    3https://www.britannica.com/place/Palau.
                    4http://www.worldometers.info/world-population/palau-population/.
                    5http://www.palaugov.pw/executive-branch/ministries/finance/budgetandplanning/physical-
                    features/.
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