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Mon, 19 Jun 2017
  PM Modi is arriving in Washington, D.C. on June 25 for his first face-to-face meeting with President Trump. There is some concern over how this meeting will go given the fact that Trump singled out India and China’s environmental practices as one of the reasons for exiting the Paris Climate Change Accord. He also has had his ups and downs with foreign leaders. My sense is that Modi and Trump will get along fine. Modi built a strong relationship with President Obama despite the administra ...
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Thu, 15 Jun 2017
  Effort prior to upcoming visit by PM Modi   As part of its ongoing strategic dialogue at Capitol Hill, USINPAC held a meeting with members of the Trump-Pence administration. Key participants at the dialogue were Raju Chinthala, USINPAC Indiana Chair, who met with Micheal Cutrone, the Special Advisor to the Vice President for South and Central Asia and Mr. Paul Teller, the Special Assistant to the President for Legislative Affairs. In light of the upcoming visit of Indian Prime Minister Na ...
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Mon, 05 Jun 2017
Part of USINPAC Community Dialogue Series   Washington, DC: The US-India Political Action Committee (USINPAC) hosted an interactive Community Dialogue series, on Thursday, May 26th, 2017, with Congressman Raja Krishnamoorthi representing Illinois’ 8th district and Immigration lawyer Rajiv S. Khanna. The interaction focused on issues surrounding Trump Administration’s immigration reform and its impact on US-India relations.   Asked about the Trump Administration positions around H1B ...
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Fri, 02 Jun 2017
  Community reception focused on US-India cooperation   Washington, DC: A team of senior Indian policy experts were hosted by USINPAC last week, in Washington DC. The visiting delegation is here to explore investment opportunities in trade, ecommerce and environment conservation in India. The visitors also had an opportunity to interact with other business leaders in the nation’s capital. USINPAC welcomed their visit by hosting a dinner reception for the visitors.   The invitees to ...
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Fri, 02 Jun 2017
  Delegation explored opportunities in Alternate forms of Energy   Washington, DC: An Indian delegation of industry experts were hosted by USINPAC last week. The delegation is in the country to explore strategic cooperation and implementation of policies and standards related to alternative energy sources, at all levels of governments and in industry and business. Despite the Trump Administration, rolling back Clean Energy related policies and mulling on withdrawing altogether from the P ...
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Fri, 26 May 2017
  Food an opportunity for growth in US-India business   Washington, DC: USINPAC hosted a dinner reception for visiting Food Safety experts from India, here on a leadership mission to review the US national food safety standards and examine how stakeholders at local and state level cooperate to maintain industry compliance to international standards. The dinner reception was also attended by prominent Indian Americans.   The delegation was represented by officials from the Government of ...
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Thu, 11 May 2017
Neil Chatterjee to FERC and Rohit Chopra to FTC Washington, DC: President Donald Trump nominated Neil Chatterjee, a long-time adviser to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, to a key administration position in the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, for the term expiring in 2021. The White House in a statement, credited Chatterjee with playing an integral role in the passage of major energy, highway, and farm legislation. Chatterjee needs to be vetted by the Senate Energy and Natural Res ...
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Thu, 04 May 2017
  India-based Infosys to build multiple Hi-Tech centers in the US   Washington, DC: Days after President Trump signed an executive order, ordering federal authorities to review the H1 B visa program, Infosys Inc., announced that it would establish four technology centers in the United States and hire 10,000 American workers by 2019. The first technology hub, that will focus on artificial intelligence, machine learning, emerging digital technologies, cloud and big data, will be launched in ...
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Thu, 16 Mar 2017
  Congressman Poe calls for ‘radical reset’ with Pakistan  Washington, DC: Last week, Congressman Ted Poe, Chairman of the House Subcommittee on Terrorism introduced H.R. 1449, the Pakistan State Sponsor of Terrorism Act of 2017. The bill requires the President to issue a report within 90 days detailing whether Pakistan has provided support for international terrorism. Thirty days from then, the Secretary of State would be required to submit a follow-up report, detailing a determination ...
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Mon, 13 Mar 2017
Resolution calls on the President to tone down inflammatory rhetoric   Washington, DC: In the wake of recent attacks on South Asians, vandalism at Jewish centers and a rise in hate fueled violence across the nation, Rep. Pramila Jayapal and House Democratic Caucus Chairman Joe Crowley introduced H.R. 192 in the House this Friday. The resolution urges the Department of Justice to investigate these attacks as hate crimes. The lawmakers also expressed their deepest sympathy and condolences to ...
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