Ro Khanna’s India-specific CAATSA waiver amendment gets House nod

The US House of Representatives on Thursday passed an amendment that allows for an India-specific waiver for punitive Countering America’s Adversaries Through Sanctions Act (CAATSA) sanctions. The amendment was authored and introduced by Indian American Congressman Ro Khanna.

“The United States must stand with India in the face of escalating aggression from China. As Vice Chair of the India Caucus, I have been working to strengthen the partnership between our countries and ensure that India can defend itself along the Indian Chinese border,” Khanna said while the amendment to the legislation was passed.

The amendment was passed by voice vote as part of an ‘en bloc’ amendment during floor consideration of the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), news agency PTI reported.

The amendment urges the Biden administration to use its authority to provide India with the CAATSA waiver to help it deter Chinese aggression on its borders.

While passing the amendment, Khanna said the amendment is ‘of the utmost importance’. “This amendment is of the utmost importance, and I am proud to see it pass the House on a bipartisan basis,” Khanna said.

Khanna also said no relationship is of greater importance to US’ strategic interests than the US-India partnership. “My bipartisan NDAA amendment marks the most significant piece of legislation for US-India relations out of Congress since the US-India nuclear deal,” Khanna said.

The legislation says the US-India Initiative on Critical and Emerging Technologies (ICET) is an essential step to developing closer partnerships between both governments, academia and industries of both nations who can together address the latest advances in artificial intelligence, quantum computing, biotechnology, aerospace and semiconductor manufacturing.

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