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Blunt, Durbin Launch Senate Friends of Australia Caucus

May 03, 2017

WASHINGTON – U.S. Senators Roy Blunt (Mo.) and Dick Durbin (Ill.) today announced the founding of the Senate Friends of Australia Caucus, a bipartisan group of senators dedicated to supporting the strong bilateral alliance between the United States and Australia.

“Australia is one of our closest friends, strongest allies, and valued economic partners,” Blunt said. “From the Battle of Hamel in WWI to the global war on terrorism, Australia and the U.S. have fought side by side in every major conflict over the past century. I look forward to working with my colleagues in the caucus to further strengthen the U.S.-Australia relationship and advance security and prosperity in the Asia-Pacific region.”

The United States and Australia have maintained strong, long-standing defense and economic relationships that greatly benefit both nations. Bilateral military cooperation between the two nations has strengthened the fight against terrorism and enhanced security throughout the Asia-Pacific region. In addition, the significant trade, investment, and tourism ties the U.S. and Australia share have bolstered both nation’s economies.

Durbin continued, “Australia is a critical ally for American trade, tourism, national security, and shared democratic values. With the launch of this bipartisan caucus, we show that Australia will always have partners and friends in the U.S. Congress.”

The new Senate caucus will provide an opportunity for senators to engage on issues related to Australia through briefings, meetings, and other events.

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