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Invite Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi to Address a Joint Session of Congress

Invite Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi to Address a Joint Session of Congress

88 members in total are signing the letter thus far

Current Signers:  Joe Barton, Ami Bera, Jaime Herrera Beutler, Gus Bilirakis, Madeleine Z. Bordallo, Mo Brooks, John Campbell, Tony Cardenas, John Carter, Donna Christensen, Judy Chu, David Cicilline, Curt Clawson, Mike Coffman, Chris Collins, Mike Conaway, Gerald Connolly, Jim Costa, Joe Courtney, Peter DeFazio, Ted Deutch, Eliot Engel, Anna Eshoo, Eni Faleomavaega, Bill Flores, Tulsi Gabbard, John Garamendi, Cory Gardner, Jim Gerlach, Kay Granger, Alan Grayson, Gene Green, Al Green, Michael Grimm, Denny Heck, Jeb Hensarling, Brian Higgins, Mike Honda, Bill Huizenga, Steve Israel, Bill Johnson, David Joyce, Joseph P. Kennedy III, Ron Kind, Peter King, Rick Larsen, Sheila Jackson Lee, Billy Long, Alan Lowenthal, Kenny Marchant, Carolyn B. Maloney, Mark Meadows, Gregory W. Meeks, Grace Meng, Mike Michaud, Randy Neugebauer, Pete Olson, Frank Pallone, Ted Poe, Ed Pastor, Ed Perlmutter, Scott Perry, David Price, Mike Quigley, Dana Rohrabacher, Bobby L. Rush, Loretta Sanchez, Brad Schneider, Allyson Y. Schwartz, David Schweikert, Pete Sessions, Brad Sherman, Albio Sires, Adam Smith, Lamar Smith, Jackie Speier, Steve Stivers, Steve Stockman, Eric Swalwell, Dina Titus, Michael Turner, Pete Visclosky, Maxine Waters, Tim Walberg, Randy Weber, Roger Williams, Joe Wilson, and Ted Yoho.

 Deadline:  Friday, July 18, 2014

Dear Colleague,

India’s newly elected Prime Minister Narendra Modi is expected to visit the United States in late September 2014.

As you know, India is the world’s largest democracy and recently held the largest democratic election in history.  The United States and India have a strategic partnership, and our nations share core values of individual freedom, religious pluralism, and electoral democracy.

Please join us in sending the letter below to House and Senate leadership asking for an invitation to Prime Minister Modi to address a Joint Session of Congress.  To sign on, please contact Siamak Kordestani with Rep. Sherman or Mary Jacobson with Rep. Poe at


Brad Sherman                        Ted Poe                           Eni Faleomavaega

Member of Congress             Member of Congress       Member of Congress

Text of letter:

RE: Invite Indian Prime Minister Modi to Address Joint Session in Late September 2014

Dear Mr. Speaker, Madam Minority Leader, Mr. Majority Leader, and Mr. Minority Leader,

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi is expected to visit Washington in late September 2014.  Given the importance of our relationship with India, we ask you to invite Prime Minister Modi to address a Joint Session of Congress.

As you know, India recently held the largest democratic exercise in history; about 550 million people voted in free and fair elections.

Since recognizing India’s independence in 1947, the United States and India’s relationship has steadily grown.  The United States and India share many core values, including religious pluralism, individual freedom, the rule of law, and electoral democracy.

We have an opportunity to build on the U.S-India strategic partnership to the benefit of both our nations.   India is a growing economic power in a strategically important region of the world.  New Delhi plays a critical role in regional peace and security.

In each of the last three decades, a Prime Minister of India has addressed a Joint Session of Congress, and the upcoming visit of Prime Minister Modi will allow us to continue that tradition.

Thank you for your consideration of this request.


Members of Congress

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