Reauthorize the Iran Sanctions Act

The Iran Sanctions Act (ISA) is a critical bipartisan piece of legislation that constitutes the core of U.S. sanctions on Iran. It was set to expire on Dec. 31, 2016, but was renewed overwhelmingly on Nov. 15 by the House of Representatives by a 419-1 vote. On Dec. 1, the Senate voted unanimously for its extension. The law was enacted on Dec. 15.

Please thank your representative and thank your senators for voting to reauthorize ISA.

The Iran Sanctions Act:

What is ISA?

Originally passed in 1996, ISA targets investments in Iran’s energy sector, the leading segment of the Iranian economy. The law helped push the Iranian regime to negotiate its illicit nuclear program, ultimately leading to the 2015 Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA). ISA's renewal helps ensure that there are sanctions in place to “snap back” should Iran violate the nuclear deal.

Why is ISA Important?

ISA represents the core sanctions infrastructure America may need to hold Iran accountable for violations of the JCPOA. Congressional reauthorization of ISA sent a strong message to the Iranian leadership that America is strictly monitoring JCPOA compliance and will hold Tehran to its international obligations. According to the terms of the JCPOA—which assumes the reauthorization of ISA—the lifting of ISA is to take place in year eight of the agreement. Failure to reauthorize would have removed important American leverage to ensure long-term Iranian compliance with the deal. It would have also provided an unwarranted concession to the world’s leading state sponsor of terrorism. Since the nuclear deal was announced, Iran has illegally conducted ballistic missile tests, enhanced its support for international terrorist organizations, boosted its deployment of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps forces to Syria, and increased its human rights abuses at home. Had ISA lapsed, it would have only further empowered Tehran.

How Can I Get Involved?

Please contact your members of Congress and thank them for voting "yes" to reauthorize the Iran Sanctions Act, which ensures that there are sanctions in place to “snap back” should Iran violate the nuclear agreement.

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