WASHINGTON -- The U.S. India Political Action Committee has lauded the appointment of Rep. Joseph Crowley, D-N.Y., and Rep. Ed Royce, R-Calif., as co-chairs of the Congressional Caucus on India and Indian-Americans in the 112th Congress. Rep. Royce and Rep. Cowley have been valued friends of the Indian-American community, and have worked consistently towards strengthening U.S-India relations, the organization said.
Crowley is currently a member of the Subcommittee on the Middle East and South Asia in the House Committee on Foreign Affairs, and was a key proponent of the U.S.-Indian civilian nuclear cooperation agreement. Rep. Royce is a senior member of the House Foreign Affairs Committee and was recently named Chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Subcommittee on Terrorism, Nonproliferation and Trade in the 112th Congress.
USINPAC Chairman Sanjay Puri congratulated both Representatives and said, “Rep. Royce and Rep. Crowley have been two of the biggest supporters of a vibrant U.S-India relationship throughout their years in the House. We look forward to working with them in strengthening this relationship and resolving Indian-American issues.”
The Congressional Caucus on India and Indian-Americans was founded in 1993 and has been instrumental in voicing the concerns of the Indian-American community. It has played an important role in furthering a robust U.S-India relationship, which is today one of the defining relationships of U.S. foreign policy.
The U.S. India Political Action Committee is a bi-partisan nonprofit organization and the voice of 2.7 million Indian-Americans. It works to impact policy on issues of concern to the Indian-American community in the United States. It also provides bipartisan support to candidates for federal, state and local office who support the issues that are important to the Indian-American community.