Se­nate Ap­points 3 In­dian-Amer­i­cans to Key Govt Posts

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Wash­ing­ton: The US Se­nate has unan­i­mously con­fir med three In­dian-Amer­i­cans to key gov­ern­ment po­si­tions, in­clud­ing one as the Trump ad­min­is­tra­tion’s czar on in­tel­lec­tual prop­erty – an area of sharp dif­fer­ences be­tween the US and In­dia. The Se­nate con­firmed Neil Chater­jee as a mem­ber of the Fed­eral En­ergy Reg­u­la­tory Com­mis­sion and Vishal Amin as In­tel­lec­tual Prop­erty (IP) En­force­ment Co­or­di­na­tor in the Trump ad­min­is­tra­tion. Kr­ishna Urs was con­firmed as the US am­bas­sador to Peru.

A ca­reer for­eign ser­vice of­fi­cer since 1986, Urs – af­ter Nikki Ha­ley – is the sec­ond In­dian-Amer­i­can to have been se­lected for an am­bas­sado­rial po­si­tion by the ad­min­is­tra­tion. Amin is cur­rently the se­nior coun­sel on the House Ju­di­ciary Com­mit­tee. “Vishal Amin has been a val­ued mem­ber of my staff and will con­tinue to be a tire­less ad­vo­cate on be­half of Amer­ica’s in­no­va­tors and cre­ators,” said Congressman Bob Good­latte, chair man of the House Ju­di­ciary Com­mit­tee.

Chat­ter­jee, cur­rently the en­ergy pol­icy ad­viser to Se­nate ma­jor­ity leader Mitch Mc­Connell, over the years has played an in­te­gral role in the pas­sage of ma­jor en­ergy, high­way and farm leg­is­la­tions. “Chat­ter­jee has an ex­ten­sive knowl­edge of the many im­por­tant fed­eral is­sues fac­ing our in­dus­try and cus­tomers,” said Edi­son Elec­tric In­sti­tute (EEI) pres­i­dent Tom Kuhn. Prior to serv­ing Mc­Connell, he worked as a pri nci pal in Gover nment Re­la­tions for Na­tional Ru­ral Elec­tric Co­op­er­a­tive As­so­ci­a­tion.

Urs is cur­rently charge d’af­faires of the US Em­bassy in Madrid where he was also the deputy chief of mis­sion. Urs has spe­cialised in eco­nomic is­sues and de­vel­oped ex­ten­sive pol­icy ex­pe­ri­ence in the An­dean re­gion of South Amer­ica. He has served at seven United States em­bassies as well in se­nior lead­er­ship po­si­tions in Wash­ing­ton, DC.

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