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which is responsible for its caption content and accuracy. visit ncicap.org] [captions copyright national cable sallite corp. 2016] the speaker pro tempore: the house will be in order. the chair lays before the house a communication from the speaker. the clerk: the speaker's rooms, washington, d.c. june 8, 2016. i hereby appoint the honorable mike bost to act as speaker pro tempore on this day. signed, prine, speaker of the house of representatives. -- paul d. ryan, speaker of the
house of representatives. the speaker pro tempore: the prayer will be offered by the guest chaplain from the dwelling place churches, williamsburg, virginia. the chaplain: heavenly father, today we are thankful for your great grace toward our nation and its leaders. it is my prayer you will continue to bless this congress with your wisdom, insight, and increased revelation of your will for this land and its people. may your holy spirit guide us into a greater unity with you and with each other. shed your light on the pressing issues of this day in such a way that your glory would increase in the earth. open eyes to see what needs to be seen, ears to hear what needs to be heard, and grant each leader here the courage to do what needs to be done and to say what needs to be said. today i declare that this nation will continue to be a beacon of light, hope, prosperity, justies, and --
justice and liberty to all the people on earth. in jesus' name, amen. the speaker pro tempore: the chair has examined the journal of the last day's proceedings and announces to the house his pproval thereof. pursuant to clause 1 of rule 1, the journal stands approved. >> pursuant do clause 1 of rule 1, i demand a vote on the speaker's approval of the journal. the speaker pro tempore: the question is on agreeing to the speaker's approval. so many as are in favor say aye. those opposed, no. in the opinion of the chair, the ayes have it. >> mr. speaker, i object to the vote on the grounds that a quorum is not present on -and point of order that a quorum is not present. the speaker pro tempore: pursuant to clause 8 of rule 20 of rule 20, further proceedings on this question are postponed. the pledge of allegiance will be led by the gentleman from virginia, mr. hurt. mr. hurt: i pledge allegiance
to the flag of the united states of america and to the republic for which it stands, one nation under god, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all. the speaker pro tempore: without objection, the gentleman from virginia, mr. wittman, is recognized for one minute. mr. wittman: mr. speaker, i rise to recognize today's guest chaplain, reverend brian britton, and thank him for delivering this morning's invocation. he serves as the senior pastor of the dwelling place church in williamsburg, virginia, where he lives with his wife, valerie, and daughter. in addition to his work in the first district, reverend britton pastors a church in richmond, virginia, and travels internationally to act as a missionary to communities in africa, south america, and central asia. pastor britton will be leaving
tomorrow to pursue his work in africa. our nation was built on a foundation of faith and through reverend britton, we can all see firsthand how god uses his ministry to eternally impact the lives of men, women, and children of his church, of his community, of his commonwealth, and of this world. thank you, reverend britton, for your prayer this morning and acting as a spiritual leader to those of the first district. may god continue to bless the family, our commonwealth, and our country. the speaker pro tempore: the chair lays before the house a communication. the clerk: the honorable the speaker, house of representatives. sir, pursuant to the permission granted in clause 2-h of rule 2 of the rules of the u.s. house of representatives, the clerk received the following message from the secretary of the senate on june 8, 2016, at 9:27 a.m. that the senate agreed to without amendment house concurrent resolution 119.
that the senate passed senate 2487. signed, sincerely, karen l. haas. the speaker pro tempore: after consultation among the speaker and the majority and minority leaders and with their consent, the chair announces that when the house two houses meet in joint meeting to hear an ddress by his excellency narendra modi, prime minister of the republic of india, only the doors immediately opposite the speaker and those immediately to his left and right will be opened. no one will be allowed on the floor of the house who does not have the privilege of the floor of the house. due to the large attendance, the -- that is anticipated, the rule regarding the privilege of the floor must be strictly enforced. children of members will not be permitted on the floor.
the cooperation of all members is requested. the practice of reserving seats prior to joint meeting by placards will not be allowed. members may have reserved their seats by physical presence only following the security sweep of the chamber. pursuant to the order of the house, thursday, may 26, 2016, the house stands in >> we expect the house to return around 10:45 a.m. eastern with joint meeting of the senate to hear from indian prime minister narendra modi. it's his first address to congress. members will debate two bills later today. one delaying e.p.a. rules on ozone standards for eight years and changing how those pollution rules are to be created and another setting safety for oil and gas pipelines. live coverage of the house here on c-span. and transportation secretary
anthony fox is on capitol hill this afternoon. he this be explaining the administration's plan for fixing today's highways and bridges. the senate commerce committee is considering a five-year re-authorization for the transportation department and various surface transportation programs. live coverage on c-span3 at :30 eastern. >> this is an amazing family story, if you think about it. cruelty, the empire has increased, there are great love affairs and it's a family where fathers kill their sons, where wives have their husbands overturned and murdered. this is a family unlike any other. >> sunday night on "q&a," simon ebag discusses his book "the romanovs 1613-1918." >> all the girls and children
basically were wearing their own bizarre bulletproof vests. not bulletproof vests but vests diamonds. he romanov hundreds and hundreds of diamonds have been sown in case they needed money and in case they needed to buy their way out and they spent months sewing the diamonds in. when the bullets came tragically these made their execution, their agony much, much longer because the bullets bounced off diamonds. the hardest substance known to man. and they didn't die. >> sunday night at 8:00 eastern on c-span's "q&a." >> madam secretary, we proudly give 72 of our delegate votes to the next president of the united states.
>> and republican presidential candidate donald trump locked down the nomination after yesterday's five-state primary. last night he thanked supporters and vowed to bring the country together. mr. trump delivered his remarks to a room full of supporters at the trump national golf club westchester. it's about 20 minutes. ♪ because we are the champions of the world ♪ mr. trump: thank you. thank you. wow. thank you very much.
>> we love you, trump. mr. trump: hello. i would like to begin by thanking the people of montana, south dakota, new mexico, new jersey, and california. we had some big, big days and we had some big numbers coming in. very big numbers. i am truly honored by your support. together, we accomplished what nobody thought was absolutely possible. and you know what that is. we're only getting started and it's going to be beautiful. remember that. [applause] tonight, we close one chapter in history and begin another. our campaign received more primary votes than any g.o.p. campaign in history, no matter who it is, no matter who they are, we received more votes. this is -- [applause] this is a great feeling. a great feeling.
this is not a testament to me but a testament to all of the people who believed real change, not obama change, but real change is possible. [applause] mr. trump: you've given me the honor to lead the republican party to victory this fall. we are going to do it. we are going to do it, folks. we're going to do it. i understand the responsibility of carrying the mantle and i will never ever let you down. too much work, too many people, blood, sweat and tears, never going to let you down. i will make you proud of your party and our movement. and that's what it is, a movement. now, recent polls have shown that i'm beating hillary clinton and with all of her many problems and the tremendous mistakes that she's made, and she has made tremendous mistakes, we expect
our lead to continue to grow nd grow substantially. [cheers and applause] mr. trump: to everyone who oted for me throughout this campaign, i want to thank you. i want to thank you very, very much. [applause] mr. trump: to those who voted for someone else in either party, i will work hard to earn your support, and i will work very hard to earn that support. to all of those bernie sanders' voters who have been left out in the cold of a rig system of superdelegates, we welcome you with open arms. cheers and applause] mr. trump: and, by the way, the terrible trade deal that bernie was so vehemently against and he is right on that, will be
taken care of far better than anyone ever thought possible and that is what i do. we're going to have fantastic trade deals. we're going to start making oney and bringing in jobs. now, i know some people say i am too much of a fighter. my preference is always peace, however, and i've shown that. i've shown that for a long time. i built an extraordinary business on relationships and deals that benefit all parties involved, always. my goal is always, again, to bring people together. but if i'm forced to fight for something i really care about, i will never ever back down and our country will never ever back down. cheers and applause]
mr. trump: thank you. i have fought for my family. i've fought for my business. i fought for my employees, and now i'm going to fight for you, the american people. like nobody has ever fought before. [applause] mr. trump: and i'm not a politician fighting, i'm me. you're going to see some real ood things happen. just remember this. i'm going to be your champion. i'm going to be america's champion. because you see, this election isn't about republican or democrat. it's about who runs this country -- the special interests or the people, and i ean the american people? every plex year politicians
promise -- every year politicses promise change. obama promised change and it didn't work out too year and every year they fail to deliver. why would politicians want to change a system that's totally rigged that keeps them in power? that's what they're doing, folks. why would politicians want to change a system that's made them and their friends very, very wealthy? i beat a rigged system by winning with overwhelming support. the only way you could have done it. landslides all over the country with every demographic on track to win, 37 primary caucus victories in a field that began . th 17 very talented people after years of disappointment, there's one thing we all have learned, we can't fix the rigged system by relying on very -- and i mean this very so, so strongly -- on the very
people who rigged it, and they rigged it and do not ever think anything differently. we can't solve our problems by counting on the politicians who created our problems. the clintons have turned the politics of personal enrichment into an art form for themselves. cheers and applause] mr. trump: they have made hundreds of millions of dollars selling access. selling favors. selling government contracts, and i mean hundreds of millions of dollars. secretary clinton even did all of the work on a totally illegal private server. something about how she's getting away with this, folks, nobody understands. designed to keep her corrupt dealings out of the public record, putting the security of the entire country at risk and
a president in a corrupt system is totally protecting her. not right. i am going to give a major speech on probably monday of next week, and we're going to be discussing all of the things that have taken place with the clintons. i think you're going to find it ery informative and very, very interesting. [applause] mr. trump: i wonder if the press will want to attend. who knows. hillary clinton turned the state department into her private hedge fund. the russians, the saudis, the chinese, all gave money to bill and hillary and got favorable treatment in return. it's a sad day in america when foreign governments with deep pockets have more influence in
our own country than our great citizens. i didn't need to do this. it's not easy, believe me. i didn't need to do it but i felt like i had to give back to our wonderful country which has been so good to me and to my family. [applause] mr. trump: i have traveled to many of our states and seen the suffering in people's eyes. i have visited communities in new york, new jersey, pennsylvania, connecticut, and -- indiana and ohio whose nufacturing jobs, have virtually disappeared. an embarrassment to our country and it's horrible. i embraced the victims of illegal immigration. moms and dads who have had to bury their own children because of people that shouldn't have been in the country. remember it, folks, remember
it. [applause] mr. trump: i visited the crumbling cities and the struggling schools. have seen our dilapidated airports, highways, bridges, and i've compared them to other countries where we see facilities so far superior to ours it's really not to be believed. hard to imagine what's happened to our country. america is getting taken apart piece by piece, auctioned off and just rapidly auctioned off to the highest bidder. we're broke. we're broke. we are $19 trillion going quickly to $21 trillion. our infrastructure is a disaster. our schools are failing. crime is rising. people are scared. the last thing we need is
hillary clinton in the white house or an extension of the bama disaster. [applause] [crowd chanting "trump"] mr. trump: what a crowd. what a crowd. thank you very much. we love our country. we love our country. but we can turn this all around. we're going to do it by putting america first. [cheers and applause] mr. trump: that commitment is the foundation for change that's been missing and it's been missing for a long time. it's important to understand what america first means. it means on foreign policy we will never enter into any conflict unless it makes us
safer as a nation. it has to make us safer as a nation. this is the opposite of hillary's foreign policy which inveigheded libya, destabilized iraq, unleashed isis and threw syria into chaos and created the mass migration which is wreaking havoc all over the world and while putting iran on the path to nuclear weapons and making them a dominant power in the middle east. and they are dominant and we have made them that way, folks. we have made them that way. better hope i'm president. on trade america first means the american worker will have his or her job protected from unfair foreign competition. what's happening there is absolutely a disgrace.
>> no t.p.p. mr. trump: no t.p.p., you're right about that. and you mean no p.p. we are going -- and remember this. we are only going to have great trade deals, ok. we are only going to have that. we're not going to approve -- as somebody just said -- the trans-pacific partnership, which is a disaster, a disaster for our country. almost as bad as nafta. signed by bill clinton, which has just stripped our countries of our factries and manufacturing and moved them to other places, in particular, mexico. if it's not a great deal for our country, we will not sign it. it's got to be great for our country, for our community, for everybody in here because, believe me, we are all suffering and we're suffering big league and it's getting worse. on energy policy, america first means opening up america's
great potential to bring wealth and prosperity to our own workers, including our wonderful and hardworking miners who have been absolutely totally mistreated by this dministration. on economic policy, america first means having tax and regulatory policies that keep jobs and wealth in the united states. substantially lowering taxes for middle-class americans and businesses. likewise, regulation, which is strangling our economy, which would be brought down from its paren insane levels, we will make it very, very good for our companies, for our small businesses, and for people who want to survive and do well in our country. [applause] mr. trump: on immigration policy, america first means
protecting the jobs, wages, and security of american workers. whether first or 10th generation. no matter who you are we are going to protect your jobs. because let me tell you, our jobs are being stripped from our country like we're babies. the beauty of america first is that it brings us all together. every american worker of every background is entitled to the same benefits, protections and rights and privileges. it's got to be that way. now, the people in charge say things can't change. i'm here today to tell you that we have to change. we have no choice. we have to change. we're going to put -- thank you. [laughter] mr. trump: we're going to put america back to work. we're going to make our own products. we're going to put america back to work.
[applause] mr. trump: we're going to rebuild our inner cities which are absolutely a shame and so sad. we're going to take care of our african-american people that have been mistreated for so ong. [applause] mr. trump: we're going to make you and your family safe, secure and prosperous. prosperous again. together, we will put the american people first again. first again. we will make our communities wealthy. we will make our cities safe again. we'll make our country strong again. ladies and gentlemen, we will make america great again. remember. thank you. thank you. [applause]
mr. trump: thank you very much, everybody. thank you. [captions copyright national cable satellite corp. 2016] [captioning performed by the national captioning institute, which is responsible for its caption content and accuracy. visit ncicap.org] >> ♪ no time for losers because we are the champions of the world ♪ ♪ we are the champions my friends and we'll keep on fighting until the end ♪ we are the champions we are the champions no time for losers ♪ >> on the democratic side, hillary clinton wins the nomination but bernie sanders
claiming victory in the north dakota caucus. he spoke to voters saying he'll continue to fight in the last democratic primary in washington, d.c., next tuesday. his comments are about 20 minutes. senator sanders: thank you. cheers and applause] senator sanders: let me thank -- let me thank -- cheers and applause]
senator sanders: let me thank -- et me thank all of you let me thank all of you for eing here tonight. and let me thank all of you for being part of the political evolution. [cheers and applause] senator sanders: i especially want to thank the tens of thousands of volunteers here in the state of california. and i want to thank the people of california for their ncredible hospitality.
it has been one of the most moving moments of my life, to be out throughout this state in beautiful evenings and seeing thousands and thousands of .eople coming out people who are prepared to stand up and fight for real change in this country. cheers and applause] senator sanders: all of you know, all of you know that when we began this campaign a little bit over a year ago we were considered to be a fringe ampaign. [audience booing] senator sanders: but over the last year, i think that has
changed just a little bit. by the end of tonight, we'll have one, i believe, 22 state primaries and caucus -- we'll have won, i believe, 22 state primaries and caucuses. we will have received well over 0 million votes. and what is most extraordinary to me is the fact that in virtually every single state we will have won by big numbers .he votes of young people [cheers and applause] senator sanders: young people understand that they are the future of america and they
intend to help shape that uture. and i am enormously optimistic about the future of our country when so many young people have ome onboard and understand that our vision, a vision of social justice, economic , racial justice and must be ntal justice the future of america. our vision will be the future f america. ur campaign from day one has
understood some very basic points and that is, first, we will not allow right-wing republicans to control our overnment. and that is especially true with donald trump as the republican candidate. [audience booing] >> we love you, bernie! senator sanders: so the american people, in my view, will never support a candidate hose major theme is bigotry. -- who insults mexicans, who insults muslims
african-americans . we will not allow donald trump to become president of the united states. but we understand that our mission is more than just defeating trump. it is transforming our country. cheers and applause] senator sanders: the vast majority of the american people know that it is not acceptable,
that the top .1% owns as much wealth as the bottom 90%. we are going to change that. and when millions of americans are working longer hours for lower wages, we will not allow 57% of all new income to go to he top 1%. [applause] senator sanders: and we will end a corrupt campaign finance ystem! democracy is not about billionaires buying elections.
[crowd chanting] senator sanders: and we will -- and we will tell the billionaire class and corporate america that they will start paying their fair share of taxes. and what we understand and what ery one of us has always snood is that real change -- understood is that real change never occurs from the top on down, all the from the bottom on up. cheers and applause] senator sanders: that is the history of america, whether it
is the creation of the trade union movement, the civil rights movement, the women's ovement, the gay movement. and that is what our movement is about! cheers and applause] senator sanders: what -- [crowd chanting bernie"] senator sanders: but you all know that it is more than bernie. t is all of us together. it is what this movement is
about is millions of people from coast to coast standing up and looking around them and knowing that we can do much, much better as a nation. that whether wall street likes it, whether corporate america likes it, whether wealthy campaign contributors like it, whether the corporate media -- s it [crowd booing] senator sanders: we, together, together we know what our job is, and that is to bring the american people together to create a government that works or us, not the 1%.
but we will continue to fight for every vote and every elegate. tonight, i had a very kind call from president obama and i look forward to working with him to make sure that we move this country forward. and tonight i had a very gracious call from secretary clinton and congratulated her n her victories tonight.
win montana as well. i don't think anybody knows what will end up here in california, but i suspect the gap will significantly iminish. and if this campaign has proven anything, it has proven that millions of americans who love this country are prepared to stand up and fight to make this country a much better place. thank you, all. the struggle continues!
montana and the north dakota caucuses. here on c-span we're going to take you live now to the floor of the u.s. house for a joint meeting with india's prime ministerer iner in. it's his first speech to congress and the first joint meeting with paul ryan as the house speaker. live coverage here on c-span as members wait for the senate to arrive as well.
the chamber. the gentleman from louisiana, mr. scalise, the gentlewoman from washington, mrs. mcmorris rodgers, the gentleman from oregon, mr. walden, the gentleman from indiana, mr. messer, the gentlewoman from kansas, ms. jenkins, the gentleman from california, mr. royce, the gentleman from north carolina, mr. holding, the gentleman from texas, mr. poe, the gentleman from south carolina, mr. wilson, the gentlewoman from wyoming, mrs. lummis, the gentlewoman from california, ms. pelosi, the gentleman from maryland, mr. hoyer, the gentleman from california, mr. becerra, the gentleman from new york, mr. crowley, the gentleman from california, mr. bera, the gentleman from washington, mr. mcdermott, the gentleman from new jersey, mr. pallone, the gentlewoman from hawaii, ms. gabbard, the gentlewoman from new york, mrs. lowey, the gentleman from maryland, ms. edwards, the gentleman from maryland, mr. van hollen, and the gentlewoman from
california, ms. eshoo. vivekananda the senate at the direction -- vice president biden: the senate very direction of the body appoints the members on the part of the senate to escort his excellency, narendra modi, into the house chamber. the senator from kentucky, mr. mcconnell. the senator from utah mr. hatch. the senator from missouri, mr. blunt. the senator from wyoming, mr. barassy. the senator from mississippi, mr. wicker. the senator from tennessee, mr. corker. the senator from ohio, mr. portman. the senator from illinois, mr. durbin, the senator from washington, miss murry. the senator from michigan, ms. stabenow, the senator from minnesota, miss klobuchar. the senator from maryland, mr. ardin. the speaker: the members of the escort committee will exit the chamber through the lobby doors.
gentlemen, i am deeply honored the invitation to address this joint meeting of the u.s. congress. thank you, mr. speaker, for opening the doors of this magnificent capitol. this temple of democracy has other ed and empowered emocracies the world over. it manifests the spirit of this in abraham which
incoln's words, "was conceived n liberty and dedicated to the proposition that all men are reated equal." in granting me this opportunity, you have honored the world's largest democracy and its 1.25 billion people. as a representative of world's largest democracy, it is indeed privilege to speak to the
yet, our belief in democracy for our nations and liberty for ur countrymen is common. the idea that all citizens are created equal is a central pillar of the american constitution. our founding fathers, too, shared the same belief and for t individual liberty very citizen of india. there were many who doubted a newly n as
independent nation we reposed our faith in democracy. ndeed, wagers were made on our failure, but the people of waver.id not our founders created a modern tion with freedom, democracy and equality as the essence of its soul. they ensured o, that we continue to celebrate our age old diversity. streets and its institutions, in its villages
anchored in equal respect for all faiths and in the melody of hundreds of its languages and dialects, india lives as one. india grows as one. india celebrates as one. r. speaker, modern india is in its 70th year. for my government, the constitution is its real holy book. and in that holy book, freedom
faith, speech and franchise and equality of all citizens, egardless of background, are enshrined as fundamental ights. 800 million of my countrymen of exercise the freedom franchise once every five years. but all the 1.25 billion of our itizens have freedom from fear , a freedom they exercise every moment of their lives.
stinguished members, engagement between our two democracies has been visible in the manner in which our thinkers impacted one another and shaped the course of our societies. thoreau's idea of civil disobedience influenced our political thoughts. and, similarly, the call by the reat sage of india swami to embrace humanity was most famously
memorials in washington mirrors the closeness of ideals and values they believe in. ambedkar was r. rtured in the years he spent at the columbia university a century ago. the impact of the u.s. constitution on him was reflected in his drafting of the indian constitution some three decades later. our independence was ignited by
the same idealism that fueled your struggle for freedom. no wonder then that former atal inister of india bihari vaipayee called india and the u.s. natural allies. no wonder that the shared ideals and common philosophy of freedom shaped the bedrock of our ties. to wonder then that the president obama has called our ties the defining partnership of the 21st century. mr. speaker, more than 15 years
prime minister vaipayee stood here and gave a call to step out of the shadow of esitation of the past. the pages of our friendship since then tell a remarkable story. today our relationship has of come the hesitations history. , and , candor convergence define our conversations. through the cycle of elections
and transitions of administrations the intensity of our engagements has only grown. and in this exciting journey e u.s. congress has acted as its compass. turn ve helped us barriers into bridges of partnership. in the fall of 2008, when the congress passed the india-u.s. civil nuclear cooperation agreement, it changed the very colors of leaves of our
elationship. we thank you for being there when the partnership needed you the most. you have also stood by us in times of sorrow. india will never forget the solidarity shown by the u.s. congress when terrorists from across our border attacked umbai in november of 2008. nd for this we are grateful. i am informed that the working of the u.s.
the excellence of american universities nurtured institutes of -- institutions much technology and management n india. and i could go on. fast forward to the present. the embrace of our partnership extends to the totality of human endeavor. from the depths of the oceans o the vastness of the space. our science and technology collaboration continues to help us in cracking the age old problems in the fields of public health, education, food,
and agriculture. ties of commerce and investment are flourishing. we trade more with the u.s. han with any other nation. and the flow of goods, services, and capital between us generates jobs in both of our societies. as if trade, so is defense. india exercises with the united states more than we do with any other partner.
defense purchases have moved $10 billion ero to in less than a decade. our cooperations are secures our cities and citizens from terrorists and protects our critical infrastructure from cyberthreats. civil nuclear cooperation, as i told president obama yesterday, is a reality. mr. speaker, our people to people links our strong, and there is a close cultural connect between our societies.
r. speaker, my understanding of your great country began long before i entered public office. long before assuming office, i aveled coast to coast, covering 29 -- covering more than 29 states of america. i realized then that the real strength of the u.s. was in the dreams of its people and the boldness of their ambitions. today, mr. speaker, a similar spirit an mates india.
-- annie mates india. -- animates india. are 00 million youth especially impatient. india is undergoing a profound social and economic change. a billion of its citizens are already politically empowered. my dream is to economically empower them through many social and economic transformations. 75th so by 2022, the anniversary of india's independence. my to-do list is long and ambitious, but you will understand. it includes a vibrant rural
onomy with a robust farm sector. a roof over each head and electricity to all households. to skill millions hundred uth, build smart cities, have a broadband for a billion, and connect our illages to the digital world. rail, ate a 21st century road and port infrastructure. these are not just aspirations, hey are goals to be reached in a finite time frame.
and to be achieved with a light carbon footprint with greater mphasis on renewables. mr. speaker, in every sector of india's forward march, i see the u.s. as an indispenseable partner. many of you also believe that a stronger and prosperous india is in america's strategic nterest. let us work together to convert
shared ideals into practical cooperation. there can be no doubt that in advancing this relationship, as nations stand to gain the u.s. businesses search for new areas of economic growth, markets for their goods, a pool of skilled resources and a global location to produce and manufacture, india could be their ideal partner. india's strong economy and growth rate of 7.6% per annum, is creating a new opportunity
for our mutual prosperity. transformative american technologies in india and growing investment by indian companies in the united states both have a positive impact on the lives of our citizens. today, for their global research and development centers, india is the destination of choice for the u.s. companies. looking eastward from india, across the pacific, the innovation strength of our two countries comes together in alifornia. here, the innovative genius of america and india's intellectual creativity are
working to shape new industries of the future. mr. speaker, the 21st century has brought with it great also nities, but it comes with its own set of hallenges. but while some parts of the world are islands of growing economic prosperity, others are mired in conflicts. in asia, the absence of an agreed security architecture creates uncertainty. threats of terror are expanding, and new challenges e emerging in cyber and outer space.
and global institutions , seem ed in 20th century unable to cope with new challenges or take on new responsibilities. multiple rld of transitions and economic opportunities, growing uncertainties and political mplexities, existing threats and new challenges, our engagement can make a -- rence by promoting cooperation, not dominance. connect, not isolation. inclusive, not exclusive mechanisms. , and t for global commons
above all, adherence to international rules and norms. india is already assuming her responsibilities in securing the indian ocean region. a strong india-u.s. partnership can anchor peace, prosperity and stability from asia to africa and from the indian cean to the pacific. it can also help ensure security of the sea leans of commerce and freedom of avigation on seas. -- sea lanes of commerce and freedom of navigation on seas.
but the effectiveness of our cooperation would increase if international institutions framed with the mindset of the 20th century were to reflect he realities of today. mr. speaker, before arriving in washington, d.c., i had visited erat in western afghanistan to inaugurate afghan-india friendship dam built with indian assistance. i was also there on the christmas day last year to dedicate to that proud nation its parliament, a testimony to our democratic ties. afghans naturally recognize
at the sacrifices of america have helped create a better ife. but your contribution in keeping the region safe and secure is deeply appreciated by even beyond. and india, too, has made an enormous contribution and sacrifices to support our friendship with afghan people. a commitment to rebuild a peaceful and stable and prosperous afghanistan is our shared objective. yet, distinguished members, not just in afghanistan but elsewhere in south asia and lobally, terrorism remains the biggest threat.
in the territory stretching from west of india's border to africa, it may go by different ames, from laskhar-e-taiba, to taliban to isis, but its philosophy is common -- of hate, murder and violence. is ugh its shadow spreading across the world, it is incubated in india's neighborhood. i commend the members of the u.s. congress for sending a clear message to those who preach and practice terrorism for political gains.
refusing to reward them is the first step towards holding them accountable for their actions. the fight against terrorism has to be fought at many levels, and the traditional tools of military, intelligence or diplomacy alone, would not be able to win this fight. mr. speaker, we have both lost civilians and soldiers in combating terrorism. the need of the hour is for us to deepen our security cooperation and base it on a policy that isolates those who
terrorism must be delegitimized . mr. speaker, the benefits of our partnership extends not just to the nations and regions that need it most. on our own, and by combining our capacities, we are also responding to our global challenges, including when disaster strikes and where humanitarian relief is needed. far from our shores, we have evacuated thousands from yemen, americans and indians and others. nearer home, we are the first responders during nepal's earthquake, in the maldives
water crisis and most recently during landslides in sri lanka. large lso one of the contributors to u.n. peacekeeping operations. often, india and the u.s. have combined their strengths in science and technology and innovation to help fight hunger, poverty, disease and illiteracy in different parts of the world. the success of our partnership is also opening up new opportunities for learning, security and development from asia to africa. and the protection of environment and caring for the
planet is central for our shared vision of a just world. for us in india, to live in harmony with mother earth is a part of our ancient belief. and to take from nature only what is most essential is a art of our indian culture. our partnership, therefore, aims to balance responsibilities with capabilities. and it also focuses on new ways to increase the availability nd use of renewable energy. strong u.s. support for our
initiative to form an international solar alliance is one such effort. we are working together not just for better futures for ourselves but for the whole world. we have also been the goal of our efforts in g-20, east asia summit, and climate change summits. , as we deepen our partnership, there will be