The Congressional Pacific Islands Caucus is an official U.S. House of Representatives bipartisan congressional member organization. The Caucus was established in 2019 to pursue the following objectives:
- Serve as a resource in educating Members and staffs on the importance of the Pacific Islands and the issues they face.
- Demonstrate United States commitment to the Indo-Pacific and specifically to the Pacific Islands.
- Facilitate communication and cooperation on issues of shared interest between the United States and the Pacific Islands, including development, trade, regional stability and security and climate change.
- Assist in formulating and implementing sound national policy in the Indo-Pacific over the next generation.
The Pacific Islands are broadly defined for the Caucus’ purposes as all sovereign island states and dependent island territories within the broad groupings of Melanesia, Micronesia and Polynesia. These include but are not limited to: American Samoa, Cook Islands, Easter Island, Fiji, French Polynesia, Guam, Hawai‘i, Kiribati, Marshall Islands, Federated States of Micronesia, Nauru, New Caledonia, Niue, Northern Mariana Islands, Papua New Guinea, Pitcairn Islands, Samoa, Solomon Islands, Tokelau, Tonga, Tuvalu, Vanuatu and Wallis and Futuna.
The Caucus works closely with federal agencies, congressional leadership, experts and scholars from think tanks and academia, the business community and more to achieve its objectives. The caucus also cooperates with various regional partners, including Australia, Chile, France, Japan, Taiwan, New Zealand and the United Kingdom, due to shared interests in the Pacific Islands.