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Anti-nuclear deal US lawmakers relent

Law makers who placed a 'hold' on the legislation have relented, paving way for it to be debated in the House.

india Updated: Sep 21, 2006 14:03 IST
Press Trust of India
Press Trust of India

In a positive development towards tabling of the Indo-US nuclear deal in the Senate, lawmakers who had placed a "hold" on the legislation have relented, paving the way for it to be debated in the House.

Sources told that a small group of Senators, who put an "anonymous" hold on the Senate bill objecting to Title Two of the legislation that dealt with an additional protocol between the US and the International Atomic Energy Agency, have "found accommodation" with the Chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, Richard Lugar.

Title Two of S 3709 has nothing to do with the Indo-US civilian nuclear agreement and is related to arrangements between the United States and the IAEA.

It was said that three Senators had placed a "hold" on the entire Bill.

Hectic efforts have been under way in the last few days to try and bring the Senate version of the civilian nuclear agreement to a debate and vote prior to the Senate adjourning on September 29.

Even now, sources point out, it is not entirely clear whether the agreement reached on the "hold" means that the entire Title Two will be stripped out of the legislation or "acceptable" language has been found so that the legislation as a whole could move forward.

First Published: Sep 21, 2006 09:18 IST