Congressman Brad Sherman

Representing the 30th District of CALIFORNIA

U.S. - India Relationship


When it comes to U.S. - India relations, they are of course based on our shared dedication to democracy, but also our strategic interests. We’ve conducted military exercises on an unprecedented scale, including the large Malabar naval exercises, which also included the Japanese navy. And of course India has become a major purchaser of American weapons… We’ve seen joint initiatives between the United States and India, including the U.S.-India joint strategic vision for the Asia-Pacific region. India has been recognized as a major defense partner, and India and the United States signed the Logistics Supply Agreement [in 2016].
- Congressman Brad Sherman’s remarks at the India Association of Los Angeles Independence Day event, Aug 26, 2017.

Congressman Brad Sherman’s remarks on relations with India

Congressman Brad Sherman (D-CA), the Ranking Member of the Asia Pacific Subcommittee in the House Foreign Affairs Committee, made a number of statements on relations with India at hearings of the House Foreign Affairs Committee.

Hearing on “Budget Priorities for South Asia,” Subcommittee on Asia and the Pacific, House Foreign Affairs Committee, July 25, 2018.

“ …We have a strategic partnership with India, they purchased $15 billion worth of arms from US defense firms

…Would the purchase of Russian S400’s trigger CAATSA sanctions? … I would say the Indian government might benefit from us telling them in advance, rather than them doing something in ignorance of what our position is, and then hitting them with sanctions because they did something that we didn’t tell in advance they shouldn’t do.

…We completed the US-India civilian nuclear agreement a decade ago, so when will US firms be able to sell nuclear power plants to India?

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Hearing on “Asia's Diplomatic and Security Structure: Planning U.S. Engagement,” Subcommittee on the Asia and the Pacific, House Foreign Affairs Committee, May 23, 2018

“We see with India some $15 billion of arms sales, and we hold naval exercises. We see India developing its ties with Southeast Asia, but only 2 or 3 percent of Southeast Asia’s trade is with India. …We are reviving the quadrilateral group involving the U.S., Japan, Australia, and India. And whether it is conducting maritime patrols or whether it is working for development and democracy, this could be a useful working group.

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Hearing on “U.S. Policy Toward Tibet: Access, Religious Freedom, and Human Rights,” Subcommittee on the Asia and the Pacific, House Foreign Affairs Committee, December 6, 2017

“China has increased its military presence in Tibet …. This not only impacts the Tibetan population but also affects India. We are trying to build a strategic relationship and partnership with India, and we have got to commend India for providing refuge to over 90,000 Tibetans, including the Dalai Lama himself, who have had to flee Chinese repression.

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Washington, D.C. – Today, Congressman Brad Sherman (D-CA), the Democratic Co-Chair of the House India and India Americans, joined India Caucus leadership, Republican Co-Chair Steve Chabot (R-OH), Democratic Vice Chair Ro Khanna (D-CA), and Republican Vice Chair Michael Waltz (R-FL) in sending a letter to President Biden to urge the administration to bolster the United States’ efforts to assist India as they battle an alarming second wave of COVID-19.

Dec 19, 2019

Today the United States and India announced the establishment of an annual U.S.-India Parliamentary Exchange, an initiative spearheaded by Congressmen Brad Sherman and George Holding, the Co-Chairs of the House Caucus on India and Indian Americans.

Sep 30, 2019

Washington, D.C. - Congressman Brad Sherman, the Chairman of the House Subcommittee on Asia, announced that on October 22nd at 10 a.m., the Subcommittee will soon hold a hearing on “Human Rights in South Asia.”

Sep 3, 2019

Congressman Brad Sherman, the Chairman of the House Subcommittee on Asia, announced that the Subcommittee will soon hold a hearing on “Human Rights in South Asia.”

“We have invited Acting Assistant Secretary Alice Wells, who oversees State Department policy towards South Asia, Sam Brownback, the Ambassador at Large for International Religious Freedom, and other State Department officials, and we seek to accommodate their schedules. We also expect to hear from private human rights activists on the issues,” said Congressman Sherman.

Jul 22, 2019

WASHINGTON – Congressman George Holding (NC-02) and Congressman Brad Sherman (CA-30), Co-Chairs of the Congressional Caucus on India and Indian Americans, released the following joint statement:

“Consistent with decades of U.S. policy, we believe the dispute over Kashmir must be resolved bilaterally by India and Pakistan. The Republic of India is one of America’s closest and most important allies, and we look forward to working with Prime Minister Modi and Indian officials to combat terrorism and extremism throughout the region.” 

Jul 12, 2019

Washington, DC – The House passed Congressman Brad Sherman’s amendment that seeks to expand defense cooperation between the United States and India. The amendment is co-sponsored by Reps. Joe Wilson, Ami Bera, Ted Yoho, George Holding, Ed Case, and Raja Krishnamoorthi.

This amendment calls on the executive branch to expand defense ties with India by:

Jan 24, 2017

Washington, D.C. – Today, Congressman Brad Sherman, the second-ranking Democrat on the House Foreign Affairs Committee and senior member of the House Financial Services Committee, announced new Foreign Affairs Subcommittee roles for the 115th Congress. 

Sherman will remain the ranking member on the Subcommittee on Asia and was named the second-ranking Democrat on the Subcommittee on Europe, Eurasia, and Emerging Threats, where he will focus on Russia and President Trump’s relationship with Russia.

Dec 1, 2016

Congressman Sherman met with Ambassador Navtej Sarna and discussed the strategic relationship between the US and India.

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Sep 19, 2016

Washington DC – Congressman Brad Sherman (D-CA), a senior member of the House Foreign Affairs Committee and Ranking Member of the Subcommittee on Asia and the Pacific, released the following statement following news of terrorist attacks against India.

“I strongly condemn the terrorist attack on India’s Uri army base on Saturday September 17, which led to the deaths of 18 Indian soldiers. This attack is yet another reminder of the threat international terrorism poses.”