NUKE DEAL'S ROLLING
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.