US Senate Passes $602 Bn Defense Bill, But Fails To Recognise India As Major Defence Partner

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4:54 pm 15 Jun, 2016


The US Senate has failed to recognise India as a “global strategic and defence partner” of the US.

This comes after a key amendment necessary to modify its export control regulations could not be passed.

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US senate townhall

Top Republican senator and Senate Armed Services Chairman John McCain (R-Ariz.), had moved an amendment to the National Defence Authorisation Act (NDAA-17) which would have given India the status of a global strategic and defence partner.

During PM Modi’s recent meeting with US President Barack Obama, the US has recognised India as ‘major defence partner,’ a classification that will allow India to buy more advanced and sensitive technologies from the U.S.

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The US Senate has overwhelmingly approved a $602 billion annual defense bill, despite US President Obama’s threat to veto it because of its impediments to closing the prison at Guantanamo Bay. The NDAA bill secured a strong victory with 85-13 votes.

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Capitol Hill, the metonym for the United States Congress thedrum

Though McCain expressed happiness on passing the bill, he was disappointed 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.


“The (Senate) amendment (No 4618) was not adopted to the NDAA,” a Congressional aide said.

The McCain amendment said that the relationship between the United States and India has developed over the past two decades to become a multifaceted, global strategic and defence partnership rooted in shared democratic values.

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Senator John McCain crooksandliars

As such it asked the president to such actions as may be necessary “to recognise the status of India as a global strategic and defence partner” of the US through appropriate modifications to defence export control regulations.

It also asked the president to approve and facilitate the transfer of advanced technology in the context of, and in order to satisfy, combined military planning with the Indian military for missions such as humanitarian assistance and disaster relief, counter piracy, and maritime domain awareness.

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