A bipartisan delegation of four U.S. senators praised the Salvadoran government Monday for improvements in the democratic process and pledged continued U.S. aid for the violence-torn nation.

"El Salvador will continue receiving the support of the United States and the White House and will have every opportunity to advance," Sen. Chuck Robb, D-Va., told a news conference at the U.S. Embassy.Robb, accompanied by senators John McCain, R-Ariz., Connie Mack, R-Fla., and Robert Graham, D-Ariz., arrived Saturday in San Salvador to assess the political situation in the Central American nation where nine years of civil war have left about 70,000 people dead, most of them civilians.

El Salvador, one of Washington's staunchest allies in region, has received about $3.8 billion in U.S. economic and military aid over the past eight years.