Senator Charles Schumer, Senate Majority Leader, who has just returned from a trip to India, wherein he led a Congressional delegation of nine Senators followed up with a meeting with the Indian American community here to address the concerns of the fast growing community in the United States. Following his visit to New Delhi, the powerful Senate Leader and a close friend of India has stated, India is precisely the kind of partner the US needs to provide a check against China, powerful American Senator Chuck Schumer told his colleagues.
The meeting with the Indian America leaders was initiated by Dr Raj Bhayani, Mohinder Taneja, Sunil Modi, Dr Sunil Mehra, and Govind Batheja, and was attended among others virtually by New York state Assembly woman Jenifer Rajkumar, Consul General Randeep Jaiswal, Dr. Sudhir Parikh, Dr Raj Narayan, Dr Raj Jinnah, Bobby Kalote and Dr. Mihir Meghani along with 200 national Indian leaders.
Dr Raj Bhayani, Sunil Modi and Mohinder Taneja moderated the meeting and welcomed Majority leader. Sen. Schumer provided an update about his India visit last month. He was exuberantly happy about his meeting with Prime Minister Narendra Modi. He applauded various programs initiated by Modi government such as gas connections and easy remote internet access empowering rural India.
The Senate Majority Leader led one of the most powerful United States Delegations to India, comprising of eight Senators and several other leaders as part of the US delegation to India, Several initiatives were launched along with strong emphasis on stronger U.S.-India ties in view of the rising Chinese threat. Sen. Schumer said, Prime Minister Narendra Modi appreciates that the two largest democracies of the world need to work together against the hegemony of the China.
In response to a question asked by Dr Raj Bhayani, Sen. Schumer promised to reverse the Medicare cuts this year. In addition, he assured that the Green Card backlog will be cleared soon. He believes high skilled workers such as physicians should be given direct Green Cards instead of H1 or J1 visa and he will work on making it happen.
Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) says ties between the U.S. and India are a “crucial counterweight to outcompete China.” Among the countries’ shared strategic interests, Schumer listed “outcompeting China, combating climate change, increasing trade and deepening bonds between our two countries” as well as “close cooperation between the U.S. and India in areas such as AI, green hydrogen and advanced tech manufacturing.”
The delegation visited several sites such as Raj Ghat and Jaipur foot and had dinner hosted by Anand Mahindra apart from various joint meetings with Indian government. “I strongly believe the continued and strengthened U.S.-India relationship will be the great story that will define the 21st century,” Schumer said.
At the conclusion of meeting, the Senate Majority Leader promised that he plans to organize regular meetings every quarter with an objective of strengthening Indo-US relationship and to address the concerns of the Indian Americans in the United States.