Entrepreneur and community organiser Swadesh Chatterjee of North Carolina said, “We are ready to do everything in our power to get Congress to approve the agreement.”
Time is likely to be an issue, Chatterjee said. If the agreement reaches Congress in September, the required 30 days may not be left in the Congressional calendar to consider the measure. “We have to convince Congress to have a lame-duck session,” Chatterjee said.
The US-India Business Council pledged to energise its Coalition for Partnership with India to move the IAEA to reach a safeguards agreement with New Delhi. “This marks a historic victory for India and the globe,” said Ron Somers, president of the council.
Earlier in the day, as speeches on the deal continued in Parliament, the White House praised Prime Minister Manmohan Singh for “soldiering on” with the deal.