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Senate fails to debate Indo-US nuclear deal

india Updated: Nov 16, 2006 09:30 IST
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In spite of the decks being cleared for debate and vote in the Senate on a legislation for implementing the Indo-US nuclear deal, the proceeding was stalled on Thursday at the last minute due to objections raised by a Senator, who insisted on considering another bill.

The Senate is likely to take up the legislation on Friday. The lone Senator from North Dakota Kent Conrad insisted that the Appropriations Bill dealing with Agriculture be taken up ahead of the nuclear deal.

"Tomorrow we will conduct a short period of morning business before turning to the US-India Nuclear Bill. We were able to reach agreement to limit amendments to the Bill earlier today and it is my hope that we will be able to expedite consideration of the final passage tomorrow. We are also attempting to begin work on the Agriculture Appropriations Bill," the Assistant Majority leader Senator Mitch McConnel of Kentucky said before wrapping up the session.

Earlier the Senate was all set to start its historic debate on the nuclear agreement. It was formally announced by the Majority Leader Bill Frist that a Unanimous Consent has been worked out on the modalities of the how the Bill will be piloted through the floor of the Senate.

With hectic but inconclusive behind the scenes negotiations taking place the Senate adjourned and is scheduled to meet on Thursday morning at 8.00 pm (IST) to start consideration of the civilian nuclear deal and then move on to the Agriculture Appropriations.