Members of Congress Speak Out about USINPAC & Civilian Nuclear Cooperation Agreement:
I wish to assure you of my commitment to work with you as we begin the process of undertaking a civic nuclear cooperation agreement between the U.S. and India. I will also continue to work with the Indian American community represented by my very able and good friend, Mr. Sanjay Puri.
Congressman Tom Lantos, Ranking Member of the House International Relations Committee, in a letter to Ambassador Ronen Sen dated November 8th, 2005, at an event hosted by USINPAC.
President Bush has shown outstanding leadership by transforming our relations with India, which is the world’s largest democracy and a key ally in the fight against terrorism. Of the many important issues we work on with India, the issue that is receiving the majority of Congress’s attention is the issue of civilian nuclear cooperation. USINPAC has been educating my colleagues and me since the beginning stages, and I look forward to continuing to work with them on issues relating to an expanded U.S.-India global partnership.
Congresswoman Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, Senior Member of the House International Relations Committee and Co-Chair of the House Caucus on India and Indian Americans
I commend President Bush and Prime Minister Singh in reaching this long overdue agreement and, as Congress now considers this matter, I am hopeful that my colleagues will fully welcome India as our partner. Having served on the International Relations Subcommittee on Asia and the Pacific for almost twenty years, I also commend USINPAC
for its efforts. No other organization has worked harder or been more effective in giving voice to India and Indian Americans and, in these historical times, USINPAC
is to be applauded for the work it is doing to strengthen US-India relations and shore up support for the civic nuclear cooperation agreement.
Congressman Eni Faleomavaega, Ranking Member of the House International Relations Subcommittee on Asia and the Pacific and Co-Chair of the Congressional Task Force on US-India Investment and Trade Relations
The United States has established an important strategic partnership with India and the civil nuclear cooperation deal is a significant accomplishment. The agreement strengthens energy security for the United States and India, and promotes the development of stable and efficient energy markets in India to ensure adequate and affordable supplies. I lend my personal support to the President’s endeavor and will do what is necessary to strengthen its support in Congress. Its implementation is important for US-India relations. I also want to commend USINPAC for being a powerful voice for the Indian American community on this issue.
Congressman Frank Pallone, Senior Member of the House Energy and Commerce Committee.
I commend the governments of the United States and India on the completion of the Civil Nuclear Cooperation agreement. As a strong supporter of strengthening the relationship between our two great democracies, I look forward to a lively Congressional debate on the issue and will work with my colleagues to ensure this deal becomes a reality. Given the importance of this agreement, I commend USINPAC for mobilizing the Indian American community and for tirelessly working to make sure your voice is heard.
Congressman Joe Crowley, Member of the House Committee on International Relations and Former Co-Chair of the House Caucus on India and Indian Americans