Senate Appoints 3 Indian-Americans to Key Govt Posts
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.