The U.S. Senate has approved a civilian nuclear deal between the United States and India.
The vote late Thursday was 85 to 12 to approve the landmark deal, after the Republican-controlled Senate defeated several amendments that would have imposed additional restrictions on New Delhi.
The deal will let India buy nuclear fuel and technology from the United States and other suppliers if New Delhi opens its civilian nuclear sites to U.N. inspection.
President Bush immediately hailed passage of the measure. He issued a written statement, saying that the Senate acted to further strengthen the U.S. - India strategic partnership by passing legislation that will deliver energy, nonproliferation, and trade benefits to the citizens of two great democracies.
The measure establishes an India-specific exception to a U.S. law that bans nuclear trade with countries that have not signed the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty.