Committee on International Relations
U.S. House of Representatives
Henry J. Hyde, Chairman

CONTACT: Kirsti Garlock, (202) 225-5021, June 16, 2006

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Hyde remarks on Committee’s review of historic legislation concerning U.S.–India Nuclear Cooperation

 

(WASHINGTON) – Landmark legislation, entitled the “United States and India Nuclear Cooperation Promotion Act of 2006,” introduced by U.S. Reps. Henry J. Hyde (R-IL) and Tom Lantos (D-CA) authorizing the President to exempt the U.S.-India nuclear cooperative agreement from statutory prohibitions, was overwhelmingly approved Tuesday by the House International Relations Committee.

The legislation would grant the President a series of waivers to existing law that would allow him to negotiate and submit to Congress for approval an agreement for civil nuclear cooperation with India.  The President must issue a series of determinations that India has met certain requirements, such as negotiation of a safeguards agreement with the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), before he can exercise this authority.  It also requires continuing consultation with Congress and a number of reports that will enable Congress to remain fully informed of the ongoing negotiation and implementation of the agreement.

 “The measure is an important step in transforming the strategic alliance of two of the oldest and largest democracies, while strengthening international security.  While the world has known that India possesses nuclear weapons, India has not had a seat at the table of nuclear stakeholders.   This brings India into the mainstream with other accountable countries, giving rise to the same benefits and responsibilities as other such states.  The United States enjoys a close relationship with India, and we are only growing closer," said Hyde.

For Statement of Chairman Hyde, see:   http://www.foreignaffairs.house.gov/

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