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In the Senate
capSenate Approves Webb Amendment to Reaffirm U.S. Commitment to Japan on the Senkaku Islands

Recently, the U.S. Senate unanimously approved an amendment offered by Senator Jim Webb to reaffirm the United States’ commitment to Japan under Article V of the Treaty of Mutual Cooperation and Security, and to firmly counter any attempts to challenge Japan’s administration of the Senkaku Islands.

“This amendment is a strong statement of support for a vital ally in Pacific Asia,” said Senator Webb. “Over the past several years, China has taken increasingly aggressive actions to assert its claim over the Senkaku Islands in the East China Sea and in a broad expanse of the South China Sea. This amendment unequivocally states that the United States acknowledges the administration of Japan over the Senkaku Islands, and that this position will not be changed through threats, coercion, or military action.”

Read Senator Webb’s full statement here.

In Virginia
gasolinepumpSenator Webb
Cosponsors New
Legislation to
Expand Offshore

Senator Jim Webb recently cosponsored the introduction of The Offshore Petroleum Expansion Now Act of 2012. This bipartisan legislation would expand American offshore energy production with a revised five-year leasing plan and provide revenue sharing to all participating coastal states. The bill provides an alternative to the Administration's proposed 2012-2017 offshore oil and gas leasing plan, which excludes Virginia.

"I have long advocated opening up more of the nation's outer continental shelf resources to responsible natural gas and oil exploration," said Senator Webb. "Energy exploration and subsequent production within the Virginia Outer Continental Shelf — if coupled with environmental protections and an equitable formula for sharing revenues between the state and federal governments — would boost domestic energy supplies, while benefiting the Commonwealth's economy."

Read the press statement here.

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