Senate Passes U.S. / India Nuclear Agreement

The Senate has passed a nuclear agreement (HR 7081) between the United States and India by a vote of 86 to 13. Sixty affirmative votes were necessary for passage.

The agreement, which reverses a three-decade ban that was previously in place, would send atomic fuel to India in exchange for international inspections of its civilian reactors.  Military reactors would not be subject to such review.

Opponents of the deal said it “could spark an atomic arms race in Asia by allowing India to use the extra nuclear fuel that the deal would provide to free up domestic uranium for its weapons program,” according to the Associated Press.

The bill will now be sent to the President.

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