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Bush hopeful of "timely" ratification

US State Department spokesperson McCormack says the Bush administration is working on the Hyde agreement to be submitted to the Congress for timely ratification of the agreement.

world Updated: Sep 09, 2008, 15:22 IST

The Bush administration is working on the Hyde Amendment Package to be submitted to the US Congress and there are good chances that the 123 agreement would be ratified in a "timely fashion" in view of the bipartisan support, senior officials have said.

"As we speak, we have people working on...The so-called Hyde amendment package. So we are busily working on that, we, the US government, in preparing to submit that to the Congress," State Department spokesperson McCormack said.

Though he said that the time for the Congress to ratify the deal is short, the Bush administration is committed to trying to move that agreement forward, McCormack said.

McCormack said that senior members of Congress including Chair of the House Foreign Affairs Committee Howard Berman and Chair of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee Senator Joseph Biden have been contacted to push the deal.

"We're going to do everything we can to hold up our end of the bargain," he added.

His comments came after the White House said on Monday that President George W Bush is "hopeful" of being able to push the Indo-US nuclear deal through Congress before his term ends in January next year.

"We will work with Congress to get this agreement approved. We're hopeful," National Security Council spokesman Gordon Johndroe said.

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