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US House of Representatives approves waiver of sanctions to India

The last time India faced US sanctions was after the 1988 Pokhran Nuclear tests, an incident that significantly impacted India’s foreign relations with the United States.

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A monumental amendment to the United States’ annual National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) by 330 to 99 has been approved by the US House of Representatives on July 15, 2022 recommending an India-specific waiver under the Countering America's Adversaries Through Sanctions Act (CAATSA). The amendment was authored and introduced by Democratic Representative Congressman Ro Khanna, who is an Indian-American Congressman and a member of the House Armed Services Act.

CAATSA is a United States federal law that imposed sanctions on Iran, North Korea, and Russia. In the Act, which was created as a punishment for Russian interference in the 2016 U.S. presidential election, countries can face financial penalties for significant transactions with specific Russian entities.

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