America: India got a huge majority on the proposal with special exemption from CAATSA, what next?

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The NDAA is an umbrella law that defines the agencies responsible for the defense of the United States.
Sanctions relaxation under CAATSA will strengthen US and US-India defense partnership

Washington. The United States (US) House of Representatives has approved Ro Khanna’s amendment to the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA). Under the Countering America’s Adversaries Through Sanctions Act (CAATSA), the US Senate passed 330/99 with a thumping majority the proposal for a specific exemption for India. However, this proposal is not yet part of the law. The Act has to be passed in both the House and the Senate, only then can it be legally embodied. The US legislative branch (Capitol Hill) is seeing Khanna’s amendment as a sign of political support.

Ro Khanna’s amendment proposes that “Congress recognizes that India faces immediate and serious territorial border threats from China.” In the event of a standoff with China on the border, India would like to strengthen its defense needs. For this, India is heavily dependent on Russia. Regarding India’s dependence on Russia for weapons, America will have to take some such steps, which will reduce India’s dependence on Russia. In such a situation, the relaxation of sanctions under CAATSA will strengthen the defense partnership of America and India.

The NDAA is the umbrella law that defines US defense agencies, specifically sets Department of Defense (DoD) funding for these agencies, and formulates comprehensive policies for the use of funding. When the NDAA is passed in 2023, it will provide more than $800 billion for defense.

Ro Khanna, an Indian-American and a member of the House Armed Services Act, says that this proposal is important for the US-India defense partnership, America’s strength in the Indo-Pacific. Khanna’s amendment also commended the US-India Initiative on Critical and Emerging Technologies (ICET).

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