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H.R. 2123 | H. Res. 408

HAF Strongly Supports Adoption of the US-India Enhanced Cooperation Act of 2019

Email your Representative in support of H.R. 2123, which advances the United States-India strategic relationship

H.R. 2123 was introduced by Rep. Joe Wilson (R-SC), who sits on both the House Foreign Affairs Committee and the House Armed Services Committee. The bill deepens, enhances, and strengthens the US-India relationship, specifically in the defense, security and economic areas, as well as regional and global cooperation mechanisms. The list of cosponsors can be found here (if your Representative is already a co-sponsor, send them a 'thank you' email).

“HAF commends Congressman Joe Wilson (R-SC) for his leadership in introducing H.R. 2123, a critical bill that enhances and strengthens the US-India strategic partnership. As the world’s oldest and largest democracies respectively, the US and India are natural allies with shared values and national interests. Accordingly, it’s vital that Members of Congress support this bill,” said HAF Board Member Aseem Shukla, MD.

Below is a sample email that you can send to your Representative to encourage them to co-sponsor H.R. 2123. Later this year, we will release a similar campaign for the Senate.

TAKE ACTION

Look up your Member of Congress on the House.gov website and click on the email icon under your Representative’s name. Then copy and paste the sample email below. Note the sections in brackets where you need to fill in and/or personalized the message.

Sample Email to Your Member of Congress for H.R. 2123

Subject Line: Support H.R. 2123

Dear Rep. [LAST NAME]:

As a supporter of the Hindu American Foundation (HAF) and your constituent, I urge you to cosponsor H.R. 2123, “The U.S.-India Enhanced Cooperation Act of 2019”, which would deepen the U.S.-India strategic partnership.

The United States is the world’s oldest democracy, and the Republic of India is the world’s largest democracy. As such, America and India have a critical role to play in world affairs. From promoting democracy, to combating terrorism, to countering an emerging China, to scientific and space exploration, now is the time to anchor the U.S.-India strategic partnership.

This bill builds on the June 7, 2016, India-United States Joint Statement entitled “The United States and India: Enduring Global Partners in the 21st Century”, in which the United States recognized India as a Major Defense Partner. The bill would also facilitate the role of the U.S. and India as priority partners in South Asia and greater Indo-Pacific region.

India has the potential to be America’s most important ally in the 21st century, and adoption of this important, bipartisan legislation will allow the U.S. to play a leading role in securing the joint national interests of both nations.

Please work with HAF in advancing this and other issues of importance to the Hindu American community. I urge you to co-sponsor H.R. 2123, encourage your colleagues to do the same, and vote for the bill whenever it comes to the floor.

To co-sponsor H.R. 2123 please contact Mr. Oren Adaki in the Office of Rep. Joe Wilson (R-SC) at 5-2452 or oren.adaki@mail.house.gov. For more information about this bill and the Hindu American Foundation, please contact Mr. Jay Kansara, Director of Government Relations, Hindu American Foundation, at (202) 223-8222 or jay@hafsite.org.

Thank you for your support.

HAF Urges Swift Passage of Resolution Condemning Pakistan-based Terrorism in India, Supporting the Rights of Kashmiri Pandits

Email your Representative in support of H.Res. 408, a resolution condemning the terrrorist attack in India that killed 41 Indian Central Reserve Police

H.Res. 408 was introduced by Rep. Brad Sherman (D-CA), Co-Chair of the Congressional Caucus on India and Indian Americans and a member of the House Foreign Affairs Committee. The list of cosponsors can be found here (If your Representative is already a co-sponsor, send them a ‘thank you’ email).

This resolution recognizes that on February 14, 2019 a Pakistan-based terrorist organization, Jaish-e-Mohammad (JeM), attacked an Indian Central Reserve Police convoy in the Indian State of Jammu and Kashmir, killing 41 Indian police officers and wounding at least 44 others. It also establishes that JeM claimed responsibility for the attack and is a United Nations Security Council and United States Government-recognized terrorist group.

The resolution further states that JeM has been responsible for numerous terrorist attacks in India, including attacks on the Jammu and Kashmir legislative assembly in October 2001 and on the Indian Parliament in December 2001. H.Res. 408 notes that the Government of Pakistan has admitted that JeM leader Masood Azhar is in Pakistan, and that the United Nations designated him as a global terrorist.

In addition, this important, bipartisan legislation expresses US support of the “rights of religious and other minorities around the world, including Kashmiri Pandits, Muslims, Sikhs, Sindhis, Hindus, Christians, Jews, and Ahmadis” and “reaffirms solidarity with the Indian people and offers its deepest condolences to people who lost loved ones in the terrorist attack.”

“HAF applauds Congressman Sherman for introducing this important, bipartisan resolution. Swift passage of H.Res 408 will send a strong message – that the US stands shoulder to shoulder with India in the fight against terrorism. We urge Congress to do its part and quickly pass House Resolution 408,” stated Taniel Koushakjian, HAF Director of Public Policy.

Below is a sample email that you send to your Representative to encourage them to co-sponsor H.Res. 408. Later this year, we will release a similar campaign for the Senate.

TAKE ACTION

Look up your Member of Congress on the House.gov website and click on the email icon under your Representative’s name. Then copy and paste the Sample Email below. Note the sections in brackets where you need to fill in and/or personalized the message.

Sample Email to Your Member of Congress for H.Res. 408

Subject Line: Support H.Res. 408

Dear Rep. [LAST NAME]:

As a supporter of the Hindu American Foundation and your constituent, I urge you to co-sponsor H.Res. 408, a resolution condemning the terrorist attack in India that tragically killed 41 Indian Central Reserve Police.

This resolution recognizes that on February 14, 2019, a Pakistan-based terrorist organization, Jaish-e-Mohammad (JeM), attacked an Indian Central Reserve Police convoy in Jammu and Kashmir, killing 41 Indian police officers and wounded at least 44 others. JeM claimed responsibility for the attack and is a United Nations (UN) Security Council and United States Government-recognized terrorist group.

JeM has been responsible for numerous terrorist attacks in India, including attacks on the Jammu and Kashmir legislative assembly in October 2001, and on the Indian Parliament in December 2001. The Government of Pakistan has admitted that JeM leader Masood Azhar is in Pakistan, and on May 1, 2019 the United Nations designated him as a global terrorist. Terrorist groups such as JeM pose a threat to peace, security, and democracy in South Asia. Since 2003, more than 11,000 people have died in Kashmir from violence committed by Pakistan-sponsored terrorist groups, including JeM.

This important, bipartisan legislation also expresses U.S. support of the “rights of religious and other minorities around the world, including Kashmiri [Hindu] Pandits,” who were targeted and ethnically cleansed from their homes in the Kashmir Valley by Pakistan sponsored militants in the late 1980s and early 1990s. Today, hundreds of thousands of Kashmiri Pandits live in India as internally displaced persons. They have a legitimate right to return to their ancestral homeland in the Kashmir Valley.

Please work with the Hindu American Foundation in advancing this and other issues of importance to the Hindu American community. I urge you to co-sponsor H.Res. 408, encourage your colleagues to do the same, and vote for the resolution whenever it comes to the floor.

To co-sponsor H.Res. 408, (Democrats) contact Mr. Zachary Keck in the Office of Rep. Brad Sherman (D-CA) at 5-5911 or zachary.keck@mail.house.gov, or (Republicans) contact Ms. Laura Detter in the Office of Rep. Scott Perry (R-PA) at 5-5836 or laura.detter@mail.house.gov.

For more information about this resolution and the Hindu American Foundation, please contact Mr. Jay Kansara, Director of Government Relations, Hindu American Foundation, at (202) 223-8222 or jay@hafsite.org.

Thank you for your support.