Sherman Amendment to Enhance U.S.-India Defense Cooperation Passes House
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:
- Increasing engagement in multilateral frameworks such as the Quadrilateral arrangement (Quad) between the U.S., India, Japan, and Australia
- Expanding the scope and frequency of exchanges between senior civilian defense officials and military officers
- Better implementing the major defense partnership designation, including through enhancing technology transfers
- Helping India develop its defense capabilities
- Enhancing the number and scope of joint military exercises
The amendment is virtually identical to the language included in the National Defense Authorization Act passed by the Senate, and the amendment offered by Senator Cornyn of Texas.
The amendment would also require the Secretary of Defense to submit a report on America and India's defense cooperation in the Western Indian Ocean. The report will include ways we can further expand military engagement with India on this front.
“In recent years, a strong relationship between the United States and India has steadily grown as both countries share a unique bond based on common democratic values,” said Sherman. “This amendment serves as an opportunity to build on the U.S.-India strategic partnership to the benefit both of our nations.”
Sherman’s Amendment passed the House on Thursday. The National Defense Authorization Act containing the amendment passed the House today. Congressman Sherman is the Chair of the Asia, Pacific, and Nonproliferation Subcommittee, which has jurisdiction over U.S.-India relations. He is also a co-chair of the Congressional Caucus on India and Indian Americans.