Gardner Language on Asia Engagement Passes as Part of NDAA

Washington, DC – Senator Cory Gardner (R-CO), Chairman of the Subcommittee on East Asia, the Pacific, and International Cybersecurity Policy, announced today that language calling for increased U.S. commitment and engagement in the Asia-Pacific passed unanimously as an amendment to the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA). This success follows similar efforts by Senator Gardner, also enacted unanimously, as part of the Senate Budget Resolution and the State Department Reauthorization legislation in the Foreign Relations Committee last week.

The language in the NDAA would require the President, within 120 days of enactment, to produce a comprehensive strategy for increased U.S. engagement in the Asia-Pacific region, including an accounting of resources to implement this important strategy.

“On a wide variety of issues, from trade to national security, America stands to benefit from strengthened ties in the Asia-Pacific,”Gardner said. “I agree with the intent of the Administration’s “Asia pivot” policy, but I want this policy to be more than just words. This language would ensure that we have a comprehensive strategy for Asia engagement to help keep our focus on this important region, which will be critical for U.S. national and economic security for generations to come.”

“I’m glad that this language was included in the critically important NDAA. I look forward to it being signed into law by the President.”