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'Mark-up' on nuclear deal postponed for next week

india Updated: Jun 20, 2006 10:13 IST

The much-talked about process of fine-tuning the legislation in the US Congress to implement the Indo-US civilian nuclear deal has been postponed.

The International Relations Committee of the House of Representatives was scheduled to carry out the process, known as the 'mark-up', on Wednesday.

But in response to a query in this regard, a member of the committee said, "we do not have this measure scheduled for this week."

While the committee has not put down a firm date on the mark-up, it is believed that it has been pushed back to around June 26.

The International Relations Committee and the Senate Foreign Relations Committee may go for the mark-up on June 28 so that lawmakers will have the opportunity to take a look at the measure on their respective floors upon their return from the Independence Day work period on July 10.

The Bush administration was very keen that the House and the Senate Committees must finish up their mark-up by the end of the month as the Congress goes away on a recess after that.

Given the Congressional overall agenda and the timeframe, the administration and backers of the nuclear deal are keen that the final vote on the floors of the House and the Senate must be done by the end of July.