Remarks on the House Floor of Chairman Berman at the start of debate on H.R. 7081, to Approve the United States-India Agreement for Peaceful Nuclear Cooperation [September 26, 2008] [open pdf - 36KB]
The following remarks were made by Congressman Howard L. Berman on the floor of the House during the debate on H.R. 7081, to approve the U.S. --India Agreement for Peaceful Nuclear Cooperation. "Mr. Speaker, I'm a strong advocate of closer U.S.-India ties, including peaceful nuclear cooperation. I voted for the Hyde Act, which established a framework for such cooperation today. The bill before us today will approve the U.S.-India Agreement for Peaceful Nuclear Cooperation. Under the Hyde Act of two years ago, Congress was to have 30 days to review the agreement before beginning consideration of a privileged resolution of approval. Instead, the Agreement is now before us in the waning days before adjournment. We can approve the Agreement now, with the oversight safeguards built into this bill, or wait until the next Congress and start over..."
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