State Senate supports India Republic Day Resolution

Sen. Wieckowski praises improved relations between U.S. and India.

January 26, 2015

SACRAMENTO – With India’s Ambassador Venkatesan Ashok, the consul general in San Francisco, in attendance, State Senator Bob Wieckowski (D-Fremont) joined his colleagues in supporting Senate Concurrent Resolution 3, celebrating India Republic Day, this afternoon on the California Senate floor.  Republic Day commemorates the adoption of India’s constitution.

“SCR 3 says ‘the foundation of any nation and our state is in its people, in their spirit and courage in the face of adversity, and in their willingness to sacrifice in the pursuit of freedom and liberty,’ ” Wieckowski said.  “Republic Day is a great day for India and this year’s celebration is an especially important day in the relationship between our nations.”

President Barack Obama is the first United States president to participate in India Republic Day.  His invitation from Prime Minister Narendra Modi to the event today in New Delhi exemplifies the importance both nations place on U.S.-India relations.  

“President Obama said this will be one of the defining partnerships of the 21st century,” said Wieckowski, whose 10th Senate District includes nearly 100,000 Indians.  “By working together, India and the U.S. can join California as global leaders on climate change issues and demonstrate that economic prosperity and climate change policies can go hand in hand.”

Wieckowski chairs the Senate’s Environmental Quality Committee, which covers many of the state’s climate change issues.  With the adoption of AB 32 in 2006, California became a global leader in combating climate change and is well on the way to generating one-third of its energy from renewable energy by 2020.