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No special status for India: Bill fails to pass in US Senate

If passed, the bill would have recognized India as a global strategic and defence partner

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Publish Date: Jun 15 2016 3:13PM | Updated Date: Jun 15 2016 3:14PM

No special status for India: Bill fails to pass in US Senate

 United States had recognized India as a "major defence partner" after Modi-Obama meets in Washington last week. However the senate has failed to recognize India as a ‘global strategic and defence partner’ of the US after a key amendment necessary to modify its export control regulations could not be passed.

 
A day after Prime Minister Narendra Modi's recent address to a joint session of Congress, top Republican senator John McCain had moved an amendment to the National Defence Authorization Act (NDAA-17), which if passed would have recognized India as a global strategic and defence partner.
 
The US had recognized India as a "major defence partner" in a joint statement issued after Modi held talks with President Barack Obama which supported defence-related trade and technology transfer to the country which would now be treated on par with America's closest allies.
 
NDAA was passed by the Senate with an overwhelming bipartisan vote of 85-13. But some of the key amendments including the (SA 4618) - even though they had bipartisan support - could not be passed by the Senate.
 
"The (Senate) amendment (No 4618) was not adopted to the NDAA," a Congressional aide said.  Without specifically mentioning this particular legislative move on India, McCain expressed disappointment that many key amendments could not see the light of day.
 
"I regret that the Senate was unable to debate and vote on several matters critical to our national security, many of which enjoyed broad bipartisan support," McCain said in a statement.