Today, Congressman George Holding (NC-13) and Congressman Ami Bera (CA-07) were named co-chairs of the Congressional Caucus on India and Indian Americans for the 114th Congress. They take the helm from current co-chairs Congressman Peter Roskam (IL-06) and Congressman Joseph Crowley (NY-14). See below for statements from Congressmen Holding, Roskam, Crowley, and Bera:
"As I have said before, the United States-India bilateral relationship can be one of the defining partnerships of this century," said Holding. "I'm honored to follow Congressmen Roskam and Crowley and thank them for their commitment to this important relationship. I look forward to advancing the efforts of the Caucus as co-chair with Rep. Ami Bera. With a shifting geopolitical situation in Asia, unwavering cooperation between the U.S. and India is essential to promoting peace and stability."
"George is the perfect person for this role and I know that the caucus will be in good hands," said Roskam. "As Republican Chair of the India Caucus, George will focus in on growing the relationship between our two democracies, emphasizing our nations' shared interests from global security to trade and international prosperity. At over 180 members, our caucus is the largest in the House dedicated to a single country. Among so many of his colleagues, and with an unmatched work ethic and understanding of the issues, George will absolutely thrive."
"Ami is an accomplished physician, a staunch advocate for his constituents, and is a go-to member when it comes to working constructively in Congress," said Crowley. "His passion for the issues is impressive, and there is no question the Caucus will be in excellent hands. The Indian-American community has a wonderful partner in Ami Bera, and I look forward to working with him, and the entire India Caucus, as we continue our efforts to strengthen relations between the U.S. and India."
"As the only Indian American serving in Congress, I'm honored to have been voted co-chair of the Congressional Caucus on India and Indian-Americans," said Bera. "I'd like to express my gratitude to Congressmen Crowley and Roskam for their years guiding the Caucus. Under their leadership the India Caucus has grown to one of the largest caucuses in the House. I'm excited to take on this new role at a critical time for the partnership between the U.S. and India. Building on Prime Minister Modi's visit to the U.S. in September and President Obama's upcoming trip to India, I look forward to working with Congressman Holding and our colleagues in the Caucus to continue to grow the economic and strategic relationship between our countries and to advocate for the Indian American community."