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Biden Backed Eric Garcetti: India may Finally have Ambassador, Senate panel

On Wednesday, a crucial senatorial committee voted 13-8 to move forward with the nomination of Eric Garcetti as the US Ambassador to India. The 52-year-old is the former mayor of Los Angeles and was nominated by President Joe Biden for this significant diplomatic position in July 2021.

The Senate Foreign Relations Committee approved the nomination of Garcetti at its business meeting on Wednesday, paving the way for it to be presented to the Senate floor for a full vote.

Afternoon, the nomination of Eric Garcetti was passed through the Senatorial committee with the support of two Republican Senators, Todd Young and Bill Hagerty, who voted in favor of him alongside the Democratic lawmakers.

During Biden’s initial two years in office, Garcetti’s confirmation was not granted due to lawmakers’ concerns regarding his alleged mishandling of allegations against a former senior adviser of sexual assault and harassment during his time as mayor. This week, Senator Chuck Grassley urged his fellow lawmakers to vote against Garcetti.

Senator Young, a GOP member, defended his decision to vote in favor of Garcetti.

On 8th March afternoon the Senatorial committee passed Eric Garcetti’s nomination with support from two Republican Senators, Todd Young and Bill Hagerty, who voted in favor of him alongside Democratic lawmakers.

During the first two years of Biden’s term, concerns arose among some lawmakers that Garcetti, as then-mayor, had not sufficiently addressed allegations of sexual assault and harassment against a former senior adviser. As a result, Garcetti was not confirmed at that time. This week, Senator Chuck Grassley called for a vote against Garcetti.

In defense of his decision to support Garcetti, GOP Senator Young spoke out.

Last week, White House Press Secretary Karine Jean-Pierre informed reporters that Eric Garcetti had been approved in a bipartisan manner by the Senate Foreign Relations Committee. She emphasized the importance of bipartisan support in the confirmation process and expressed hope for the Senate to proceed with his nomination on the floor.

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