Cornyn, Clinton Announce Senate India Caucus

In: All News   Posted 04/29/2004

WASHINGTON—U.S. Sens. John Cornyn (R-Texas) and Hillary Clinton (D-N.Y.) were joined by Senate colleagues and Indian leaders Thursday to formally announce the creation of the first-ever Senate caucus dedicated to relations between the United States and India. The Senate India Caucus is a bipartisan coalition dedicated to expanding areas of agreement and candidly discussing issues of concern between the United States and India. Sens. Cornyn and Clinton will co-chair the Caucus, which includes Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist (R-Tenn.) and Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison (R-Texas). There are currently 32 total members of the Caucus."The United States and India share a commitment to freedom, representative government, free market principles, and the war against terror,” Sen. Cornyn said. “Important differences do remain concerning India’s nuclear weapons programs, the pace of India’s economic reforms, and trade. So the Senate India Caucus will provide a forum for U.S. Senators and Indian leaders to expand on areas of agreement and candidly discuss issues of concern.”The need for stronger U.S.-Indian relations became apparent as global Cold War frictions eased and new, strategic alliances were formed.  In this post-Cold War era, the United States and India must build upon a common tradition of democracy to contribute to regional and global security and prosperity.  The Caucus provides a forum for U.S. Senators and Indian leaders to consider strategic and economic cooperation between the two nations. The primary goals of the Caucus are to:

  • Support the war on terror by cooperating on counter-terrorism and counter proliferation efforts.
  • Deepen the defense relationship between the United States and India.
  • Advance peace, stability and democracy in both nations.
  • Create opportunities for trade and investment that benefit both nations and strengthen existing economic ties.

For the announcement of the Caucus, Sens. Cornyn and Clinton were joined by Caucus members, the Indian Ambassador to the U.S., Lalit Mansingh, and leaders of the Indo-American community from various parts of the United States. U.S. Ambassador to India David C. Mulford sent a letter to Sens. Cornyn and Clinton this week regarding the creation of the India Caucus. He included the following comment: “I would like to extend my warm congratulations to you and your Senate colleagues for launching the Senate India Caucus today. Its formation represents another significant step forward in the continuing transformation of the U.S.-India relationship. The United States and India today share a new sense of partnership that can be used to further our shared national interests. In the words of President Bush, India is ‘a growing world power with which we have common strategic interests.’” Currently, India is the largest trading and investment partner of the United States. There are an estimated two million Indian-Americans in the U.S., including approximately 200,000 in Texas.