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US House Of Representatives Votes To Pass Historical US-India Civil Nuclear Deal

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Today, July 27, 206, Members of the U.S. House of Representatives overwhelmingly voted to pass US India civil nuclear agreement, which is hailed as the most significant deal in history between the US and India.  HR 5682, titled "The United States and India Nuclear Cooperation Promotion Act of 2006," passed in the House 359-68. None of the amendments added were deal breakers.

Ranking Member of the House International Relations Committee and co-author of the house bill, Tom Lantos (D-CA) described the vote as “a keystone for the new partnership that the U.S. and India are building.” He also asserted, “The Hyde/Lantos bill will advance peaceful nuclear cooperation with India while ensuring effective Congressional oversight.”

Key proponents of the Deal voiced similar support.  Congressman Frank Pallone (D-NJ) commented, “Based on our shared values of diversity, democracy and prosperity, the United States and India have a natural connection.” Pallone added, “This nuclear agreement strengthens energy security for the United States and India and promotes the development of stable and efficient energy markets in India."

Realizing the importance of such a historical partnership Representative Eliot Engel (D-NY) stated, “The United States is right to negotiate civil nuclear cooperation with India, our close friend and democratic ally.” A longtime supporter of U.S.-India Nuclear Cooperation, Engel said, “These civil nuclear cooperative agreements can be implemented safely and with proper oversight.”

Rahul Manchanda of New York was one of many USINPAC members present at today's vote.  Mr. Manchanda said, "This vote is so important to Indian Americans.  I would like to congratulate USINPAC for their successful work on Capitol Hill in securing the success of the Deal."  

USINPAC has worked tirelessly since the agreement was announced last July to secure support in both the House and Senate for the civil nuclear agreement.

Executive Director for USINPAC, Supriya Christopher stated, “This is one of those times when you feel very good about the commitment given to such an issue.  No doubt USINPAC is seeing the fruits of its labors.”

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