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House OKs giving India nuclear fuel

September 28, 2008|From Times Wire Reports

The House voted overwhelmingly to approve a landmark pact that would allow the U.S. to provide nuclear materials to India.

The deal still faces obstacles in the Senate, making prospects uncertain for passage before President Bush leaves office in January. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.), a supporter, promised a Senate vote on the accord this week, possibly Monday.

The House approved the measure 298-117 without debate in an unusual Saturday session, held as lawmakers deal with the financial crisis and wrap up the year's business.

The accord reverses three decades of U.S. policy by shipping atomic fuel to India in return for international inspections of India's civilian reactors.

Military reactors would not be subject to examination.

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