A top U.S. lawmaker has proposed a compromise to help get a controversial nuclear deal with India get through Congress.
Democrat Tom Lantos -- the leading Democrat on House International Foreign Relations Committee -- said Thursday many representatives are worried because the Bush administration wants U.S. law amended to permit the nuclear accord to take effect before its details are finalized.
The accord announced in March would give India access to U.S. civilian nuclear technology in exchange for allowing international inspectors access to India's civilian nuclear facilities. But Congress first must amend the U.S. Atomic Energy Act, which bars U.S. nuclear sales to countries that have not signed the nuclear Non-Proliferation treaty.
Lantos compromise proposal would have Congress vote on the deal with India before amending the Atomic Energy Act. Some Democrats say offering a country that did not sign the nuclear treaty technology undermines national security.