House quickly passes South Korea nuke deal extension

The House on Tuesday quickly passed a bill that would extend an ongoing nuclear agreement with South Korea.

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Members passed S. 1901 the Support for United States-Republic of Korea Civil Nuclear Cooperation Act, in a voice vote, after the Senate approved the bill late Monday night.

The bill extends the bilateral nuclear agreement for a little more than two years, until March 19, 2016.

"For over 60 years the U.S.-South Korea relationship has been a cornerstone of peace and security in the Asia-Pacific region," House Foreign Affairs Committee Chairman Ed Royce (R-Calif.) said after the vote.

"Passage of this legislation, which is vital to our ally South Korea, sends a strong message that we are committed to strengthening this critical relationship."

Passage sends the bill to the White House for President Obama's signature.