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Indian-Americans praise Republicans over N-deal
Sridhar Krishnaswami in Washington | September 25, 2008 22:00 IST
In a statement, the Indian American Republican Council pointed out that it was Republican Congresswoman from Florida [Images], Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, who introduced the Senate Version of the Bill of Approval in House of Representatives, a measure that has found co-sponsors only among the top Republican leadership in that Chamber.
"Unfortunately, history repeats itself with a partisan divide for what should be a bipartisan agreement," said Nina Verghese, the IARC spokeswoman.
"In 2006, House Democrats did everything possible to scuttle Republican-led efforts to pass legislation known a the Hyde Act, to give President George W Bush [Images] the authority to negotiate a civilian nuclear agreement with India," she said.
"After two years, many hearings and countless negotiations, House Democrats stubbornly maintain their opposition. It is telling that not one Democrat signed onto this legislation, while top House Republican leaders did so immediately," the spokeswoman said.
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