Washington DC : Last week, USINPAC announced that Chairman Brad Sherman of the House Subcommittee on Asia, the Pacific, and the Global Environment along with Congressman Joe Wilson are advancing legislation, H.R. 2123, to recognize India as a Major Defense Partner of the United States. Mr. Holding, Ms. Gabbard, Mr. Yoho and Mr. Bera are cosponsors. Additionally, Chairman Sherman and others offered an amendment to the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) for fiscal year 2020 which would bring about the same outcome. The House is expected to take action in July.
The Senate already took action on a similar provision but “nothing can become law until both the House and Senate agree and the President signs,” Sanjay Puri, Chairman of USINPAC, said. “This is why it is imperative for the Indian American community to remain at the forefront in pressing for enduring cooperation between the US and India by ensuring this legislation becomes law. We continue to reiterate that we support this legislation moving forward as a stand alone bill or attached as an amendment to the Defense bill.”
“We commend Senator Cornyn and Senator Mark Warner for leading the way in the Senate, and for prioritizing the US-India strategic relationship. And we thank all those in the House who support us as well. If signed into law, the proposal will streamline defense trade and technology cooperation and bring India on a level ‘commensurate with that of the US’ closest allies and partners.’ A law like this is long overdue,” Puri said. “And we appreciate all that Members in the House and Senate are doing to get this done. We also call upon the Administration to support our efforts, and are hopeful for a favorable result.”
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