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Washington - At the request of the membership of USINPAC, a resolution (H.Res. 607) was introduced by Congressman Jim McDermott (D-WA) and Congressman Joe Wilson (R-SC) in the House of Representatives on August 2, 2007, "Extending best wishes to the people of India as they celebrate the 60th anniversary of India's independence from the British Empire." Celebrations are expected on August 15, 2007 in the United States and India. Both Congressmen are Co-Chairs of the House Caucus on Indians and Indian Americans.

To mark this occasion Congressman Wilson stated, "I wish to congratulate India on the 60th Anniversary of their independence. The United States and India share a special relationship in our pursuit of open trade, a vibrant free-market economy, and the values of a free and democratic society. The contributions of our growing Indian American community have further led to a strengthening of our strategic alliance, and I am proud to share in this occasion with our friends and ally."

"I am proud to sponsor a resolution in the U.S. House of Representatives that recognizes the 60th anniversary of India's independence, the strong bonds between the U.S. and India, and the significant contributions made by Indian Americans in furthering the relationship," Rep. Jim McDermott said. "Together, we have accomplished much already as two sovereign and independent nations, and I believe the best is yet to come."

Below is the full text of the resolution:

Extending best wishes to the people of India as they celebrate the 60th anniversary of India's independence from the British Empire. (Introduced in House)
HRES 607 IH
110th CONGRESS
1st Session
H. RES. 607

Extending best wishes to the people of India as they celebrate the 60th anniversary of India's independence from the British Empire.

IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES
August 2, 2007

Mr. MCDERMOTT (for himself and Mr. WILSON of South Carolina) submitted the following resolution; which was referred to the Committee on Foreign Affairs
RESOLUTION

Extending best wishes to the people of India as they celebrate the 60th anniversary of India's independence from the British Empire.
Whereas August 15th, India's Independence Day, is a national holiday in India;
Whereas on August 15, 1947, India officially became a sovereign nation;
Whereas August 15, 2007, will mark the 60th anniversary of the day India gained its independence from the British Empire;
Whereas India has progressed as a secular, sovereign, and democratic republic, and is continually making strides in gender, education, and social and economic equality;
Whereas India has opened up its economy to trade and investment and the United States is the largest trading partner of India;
Whereas India elected its first female President, The Honorable Pratibha Patil, on July 25, 2007, 41 years after it elected its first female Prime Minister, The Honorable Indira Gandhi;
Whereas India and the United States have a strong ongoing partnership regarding the promotion of democratic values, cooperation on international security, and collaboration on strategic initiatives;
Whereas Americans of Indian origin are the fastest growing and one of the highest educated immigrant groups in the United States;
Whereas Americans of Indian origin have become important contributors in the political, military, and economic sectors of the United States;
Whereas Americans of Indian origin are serving in all branches of the United States Armed Forces, including in Afghanistan and Iraq; and
Whereas foreign direct investment by India continues to grow at record levels and contributes significantly to the growth of the United States economy: Now, therefore, be it
Resolved, That the House of Representatives--

1 recognizes India as a long-term strategic partner of the United States;
2 applauds the Indian-American community in the United States for the important role it plays in the relationship between the United States and India; and
3 extends best wishes to the people of India as they celebrate the 60th anniversary of India's independence from the British Empire.

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