Washington: US Republicans on Wednesday launched a Congressional Hindu Caucus to advocate the concerns and issues of the Hindu American community. This came after Democrat Shrinivas Thanedar launched a Congressional Hindu, Buddhist, Sikh and Jain American Caucus in September.
A congressional caucus is a group of members of the United States Congress that meet to pursue common legislative objectives.
The launch event at Capitol Hill on Wednesday was organized by Shalabh “Shalli” Kumar, an Indian-American who is the founder of the Republican Hindu Coalition.
Addressing the Indian community at the event, Republican conference chair of US Congress Elise Stefanik said, “Your core values of free enterprise, fiscal discipline, family values and a firm foreign policy not only guide the Hindu American community but our central tenets shared and fought by House Republicans and Republicans across America.”
Meanwhile, Shalabh Kumar said more than 150 members of the US House of Representatives have committed to becoming members of the Congressional Hindu Caucus.
This would make it one of the largest caucuses in the US Congress that would be actively engaged in enacting legislation and passing resolutions important to the Hindu American community, he added.