Congressmen Reintroduce Bipartisan U.S.-India Enhanced Cooperation Act

Apr 15, 2019
Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Congressman Joe Wilson (SC-02) reintroduced the U.S.-India Enhanced Cooperation Act for the 116th Congress. Congressman Wilson was joined by U.S. Representatives George Holding (NC-02), Tulsi Gabbard (HI-02), Ted Yoho (FL-03), Brad Sherman (CA-30), and Ami Bera (CA-07).

“Our strategic partnership with India is an anchor of stability and a beacon of democracy in the India-Pacific region. This bill will amend U.S. law to enact what Congress has already authorized in the FY2017 NDAA: expedited trade and technology sharing with India in line with its designation as a Major Defense Partner. I am grateful to Representatives George Holding, Tulsi Gabbard, Ted Yoho, Brad Sherman, and Ami Bera for working with me to help solidify this vital defense relationship and underscore the importance of deepening our bilateral ties with India,” said Congressman Wilson.

“Over the last decade U.S. arms sales to India have increased, creating U.S. jobs and helping India defend itself from the growing challenges it faces,” said Congressman Sherman. “This legislation will help further expand U.S.-India security cooperation in a way that advances our mutual interests as well as those of the entire Indo-Pacific.”

“India is an increasingly critical partner of the United States in the Indo-Pacific region. As India continues its rise to global power, it is only right that the world’s oldest democracy and the world largest democracy work together to bring peace and security to the world.  The bill we have introduced will facilitate security cooperation between our two countries and assist India in growing into the regional security provider they are destined to be,” said Congressman Yoho.

“The United States and India are partners bound together by a shared commitment to democracy, freedom and liberty,” said Congressman Holding. “I look forward to further strengthening our relationship as we work together to combat the threat of terror and realize the vast economic potential of the 21st century economy.”