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Senate panel advances Eric Garcetti’s nomination for ambassador to India

WASHINGTON – The Senate Foreign Relations Committee voted on Wednesday to advance the nomination of Eric Garcetti as US ambassador to India, sending it to the full chamber for approval.

The vote for the former Los Angeles mayor was 13 to 8, with Democrats voting in his favor and winning over two Republicans: Sen. Todd Young of Indiana and Sen. Bill Haggerty of Tennessee.

The vote is a positive sign for Garcetti, whose nomination has been held since July 2021 because of questions over his handling of sexual assault claims against an aide while he was mayor. Garcetti has denied any wrongdoing.

It is unclear when the full Senate will vote on his nomination; Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer, DN.Y, said Tuesday he hopes to bring it up “soon.” Garcetti needs a simple majority to win confirmation.

The Foreign Relations Committee approved Garcetti’s nomination in January 2022, but he never received a full Senate vote due to opposition from several senators, including some Democrats.

The US currently has no permanent ambassador to India, even though President Joe Biden and his administration, along with several members of Congress, see the country as an important strategic partner in the shared goal of stemming China’s rise .

Biden re-nominated Garcetti to the position earlier this year after it lapsed at the end of the previous Congress.



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