Marshallese, Arkansas lawmakers discuss need for renewed compact, restored benefits

Restoring benefits, new Compact of Free Association are important, they say

Light from the morning sun illuminates the House of Representatives side of Congress at the Capitol in Washington in this Dec. 3, 2021, file photo. (AP/J. Scott Applewhite)

WASHINGTON -- Members of Arkansas' congressional delegation and the state's Marshallese community met Wednesday to discuss the future of the United States-Marshall Islands relationship, as well as the nearly three-decade absence of federal benefits to Marshall Islands citizens living away from the nation.