The Hawaii representatives say it’s necessary in order to renew the Compacts of Free Association.
Hawaii’s congressional delegation has long pushed for a greater focus on the strategic importance of Pacific Island nations.
Negotiators have yet to talk about nuclear waste in the Marshall Islands, and restoring Medicaid isn’t part of the conversation.
The U.S. has also named negotiators for the treaties with three Pacific nations that officials say are critical to American national security interests.
About 3,000 islanders are expected to get payments ranging from $10,000 to $25,000 for their suffering at the hands of Japan during World War II.
The Runit Dome in the Marshall Islands is cracked and in danger of spilling its radioactive contents into the Pacific Ocean.
Some want the Trump administration to act with more urgency in renegotiating existing treaties, which provide critical support to the tiny island nations.
If not, the congressman says renewal of the U.S treaties with three Micronesian nations may be at risk.