WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Jim Risch (R-Idaho), ranking member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, today applauded committee passage of the MCC Candidate Country Reform Act and the Providing Appropriate Recognition and Treatment Needed to Enhance Relations (PARTNER) with ASEAN Act.
“The MCC has completely changed the way the United States and our partners approach foreign aid through its competitive selection process and its focus on transparency, accountability, and results,” said Ranking Member Risch. “Today’s committee passage of this legislation brings us one step closer to ensuring the MCC can continue its mission to reduce poverty by enabling it to work with the right partners, in the right places, and at the right times.”
PARTNER with ASEAN Act
“The United States must put greater focus on Southeast Asia, especially through trade, investment, and other economic engagement, to combat countries like China that are increasingly engaging in predatory economic behavior,” said Ranking Member Risch. “Today’s committee passage of the PARTNER with ASEAN Act will help us deepen U.S. ties with our ASEAN partners. I hope the Biden Administration will use the opportunities this bill creates to expand our commercial and economic linkages with these important partners.”