US House approves nuclear pact with India
The House voted overwhelmingly Saturday to approve a landmark pact that would allow the U.S. to provide nuclear materials to India.
The deal still faces obstacles in the Senate, making prospects uncertain for passage before President Bush leaves office in January. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., a supporter, promised a Senate vote on the accord in the week ahead, possibly Monday.
Hoping to raise pressure on that chamber, Bush quickly issued a statement praising House passage and prodding the Senate to do the same thing.
“I urge the Senate to quickly take up and pass this important piece of legislation before their October adjournment,” the president said. “Signing this bipartisan bill will help strengthen our partnership with India.”
(…) India’s Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, addressing the Indian community in New Yorkwhere he was attending the U.N. General Assembly, said “the journey President Bush and I embarked upon is nearing fruition.”
“India will be liberated from the constraints of technology denial of 34 years. It will add an important strategic pillar to our bilateral partnership. We will widen our clean energy options,” he said Saturday.
An strategic pact considering that India is China’s neighbour…