WASHINGTON, DC: The Indian Ambassador to the US Navtej Sarna hosted a Congressional Reception on Capitol Hill “to celebrate India’s engagement with the 115th US Congress”, on Tuesday, February 14th.
Addressing an impressive gathering of members of Congress, prominent Indian Americans, congressional staffers, business representatives and media, Sarna said that he was looking forward for a more robust economic and commercial cooperation as India retains its spot as the fastest growing major economy.
Desccribing the upcoming visit of 27 distinguished members of Congress as a very important milestone, demonstrative of the high degree of interest in India, and the strong bipartisan support for the India-US relationship, based on shared democratic values and converging strategic interests.
Congressman Steny Hoyer, House Democratic Whip, echoed the bipartisan support for the relationship with India and emphasized the cooperation on security issues between the two largest democracies. Congressman Pete Olson said about the positive contributions of the Indian American community. He emphasized on the significance of the port of Houston for energy exports.
Congressman Dana Rohrabacher, Chairman of House Foreign Affairs Sub-committee on Europe, Eurasia and Emerging Threats, said about the importance of US-India cooperation while addressing the threat arising from the extremist radical terrorism. He spoke on the potential of US companies contributing in the economic transformation of India.
Congressman Ami Bera, Democratic Chair of the House India Caucus said that the increase in the number of elected Indian Americans currently in the Congress is a testimony to the remarkable strides, the Indian American community has made and growing closeness between the two countries based on shared values. Bera said that the India Caucus is the largest one in the Hill and his firm belief is that the US-India relationship will be a defining one for the 21st century.
Other members of Congress present were Senator Jeff Flake, Congressman Bob Goodlatte Chairman of House Judiciary committee, Congressman Andy Harris, Congressman Ted Poe Chairman House Foreign Affairs Subcommittee on Terrorism, Non-proliferation and Trade and Congressman Joe Kennedy. During the reception, Republican Niraj Antani was awarded with 2016 Legislator of the year award.