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Senate panel to fine-tune N-deal bill on Thursday

india Updated: Jun 29, 2006 03:22 IST

The Senate Foreign Relations Committee, which was originally scheduled to take up for fine-tuning its version of a bill on the Indo-US nuclear deal on Wednesday, has now postponed it to Thursday.

The 18-member Senate panel will consider and vote on an original Lugar-Biden bill to exempt US exports to India of nuclear material, equipment and technology from certain requirements of the Atomic Energy Act of 1954.

"The meeting was moved to Thursday (tomorrow) to accommodate the schedules of Committee members," the Chair of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, Richard Lugar, said in a statement.

"The Committee has taken its role in the Constitutional review process of this important diplomatic endeavour very seriously," Lugar said.

The Senate panel has had four hearings with testimony from 17 witnesses, including Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice; and two closed intelligence briefings with the Undersecretaries of State Nick Burns and Bob Joseph.

The House International Relations Committee gave an overwhelming endorsement to the US-India Nuclear Cooperation Act of 2006 on Tuesday by approving the bi-partisan bill on the civilian nuclear deal by a vote of 37 to 5 and sending it to the full floor of the House for debate and vote which is anticipated sometime next month.