Alexander Votes for Legislation Implementing U.S.-India Civilian Nuclear Agreement

Posted on June 29, 2006

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senator Lamar Alexander (R-TN), member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, today made the following statement after voting for legislation to implement the U.S.-India Civilian Nuclear Agreement: “I believe President Bush has shown real vision by recognizing that in this new century there may be no more important two-country relationship than the one between the United States and India. Our two countries are unique in the world because we each have formed one nation from many different cultures and that’s hard to do and a great accomplishment. “And we share an important strategic interest: we’re facing the same sort of energy and environmental issues. India’s needs are even more acute. When I was there two months ago, I was told that India hopes to bring online 50,000 megawatts over the next ten years in order to meet demand. Nuclear power is essential if we’re going to have clean air and low-cost energy in this country, and it is essential for India. “I salute Chairman Lugar and Senator Biden for crafting a bipartisan bill that allows this important agreement to go forward while preserving our national security in preventing the proliferation of nuclear weapons.” The bill, which Alexander cosponsored, passed out of the Foreign Relations committee today by a vote of 16-2 and will now go to the full Senate for consideration.