Today, Congressman Peter Roskam (R-IL) released a statement on the announcement of his selection as the co-chair of the Congressional Caucus of India and Indian Americans for the 113th Congress:
"It's an honor to play a leading role in the advancement of U.S.-India relations along with my friend Joe Crowley. This caucus has grown to become the largest caucus dedicated to one country in the House, showing the importance of nurturing our ties with one of the largest and fastest growing economies in the world.
"Our countries are linked through our common interest in the democratic process, global security and international prosperity. In my meetings back home with the large Indian-American community in my district, there's always a natural connection between their entrepreneurial spirit and our shared values. This caucus has the opportunity to further these priorities and I'm proud to be part of that effort."
Upon today's announcement, former co-chairman, Congressman Ed Royce (R-CA), now Chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, said:
"It has been a great pleasure to watch the India Caucus grow to become one of the largest in the House. The Caucus is in good hands with Reps. Roskam and Crowley, long-time advocates of close U.S.-India ties. As Chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, I will continue to work to strengthen relations between the United States and India."
Royce will remain an active Caucus member.