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NUKE DEAL'S ROLLING

IN THE run-up to the first floor vote in US Congress on the landmark nuclear deal, the House of Representatives was all set to begin late on Wednesday a debate to clear the legal decks by exempting India from certain requirements of the US Atomic Energy Act of 1954.
None | By S. Rajagopalan, Washington
PUBLISHED ON JUL 27, 2006 01:22 AM IST

US House starts debate/vote

IN THE run-up to the first floor vote in US Congress on the landmark nuclear deal, the House of Representatives was all set to begin late on Wednesday a debate to clear the legal decks by exempting India from certain requirements of the US Atomic Energy Act of 1954.

The 435-member House was widely expected to approve the deal by a comfortable margin, despite a last-ditch bid by opponents of the deal warning against undermining the non-proliferation regime. Supporters of the legislation -- H.R. 5682 -- were confident about inflicting a crushing defeat on all the "killer amendments". Notices have been given for six amendments, two of which are reckoned to be "deal-breakers". Introduced by California Democrats Howard Berman and Brad Sherman, both these amendments had earlier been defeated by the House International Relations Committee.   

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