Washington, DC. â€“ USINPAC on behalf of the over 2.5 million strong Indian American community applauded passage today of the U.S.-India nuclear pact. This agreement will allow for the transfer of U.S. civilian nuclear technology to India and further civil nuclear cooperation between the two countries. The legislation (H.R. 7081) passed the U.S. Senate by a vote of 86-13.
The U.S.-India nuclear agreement has been in progress since July 2005. In December 2006, the U.S. Congress passed the Henry J. Hyde U.S.-India Peaceful Atomic Energy Cooperation Act, which provided a framework in U.S. law for facilitating civil nuclear cooperation with India.
The U.S.-India Political Action Committee (USINPAC) and the Indian American community has worked tirelessly to see passage of this agreement for the past 3 years. The efforts have included grass root activism around the nation and working on a daily basis with members of Congress and their staff on Capitol Hill.
Senate Majority Whip Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL) said, "This vote strengthens an important strategic alliance between two of the world's important democracies. It will also help India meet its growing demand for electricity while bringing its civilian nuclear program under international safeguards."
Part of the USINPAC leadership, Mr. Sunil Puri who has closely worked on this issue with Senator Dick Durbin said, "we worked hard to ensure the passage of this agreement for past 3 years; it is great to see the fruition of our tireless efforts."
USINPAC is the political voice of 2.5 million Indian-Americans. USINPAC provides bipartisan support to candidates for federal, state and local office who support the issues that are important to the Indian-American community. For more information, go to www.usinpac.com.