HOUSE COMMITTEE ADOPTS STRONG NEW SANCTIONS AGAINST IRANIAN NUCLEAR PROGRAM

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Contact: Marshall Wittmann, mwittmann@aipac.org

May 22, 2013

HOUSE COMMITTEE ADOPTS STRONG NEW SANCTIONS AGAINST IRANIAN NUCLEAR PROGRAM

WASHINGTON —AIPAC praises the House Foreign Affairs Committee for today adopting a strong new package of sanctions against the Iranian nuclear program. The Nuclear Iran Prevention Act (H.R. 850) significantly expands U.S. sanctions on the Islamic Republic by granting the president specific authorization to bar companies from doing business in the United States if they carry out virtually any significant commercial trade with Tehran.  The legislation expands sanctions to other strategic sectors of the Iranian economy not targeted by previous legislation.

The bill -- authored by House Foreign Affairs Committee Chairman Ed Royce (R-CA) and Ranking Member Eliot Engel (D-NY) -- also stiffens penalties for violations of existing law and expands sanctions targeting Iran's human rights violations. The measure aims to maximize the effectiveness of American economic and diplomatic efforts as Iran nears a nuclear weapons capability.  It sends an important message of American resolve to prevent Iran from acquiring nuclear weapons. 

The sanctions legislation enjoys broad, bi-partisan support in the House where it now has 344 co-sponsors.  AIPAC urges the House to quickly pass the legislation. 

Consistently ranked as the most influential foreign policy lobbying organization on Capitol Hill, AIPAC is a bipartisan American membership organization that seeks to strengthen the relationship between the United States and Israel. For more than 50 years, AIPAC has been working with Congress to build a strong, vibrant relationship between the U.S. and Israel. With more than 100,000 members across the United States, AIPAC works throughout the country to improve and strengthen that relationship by supporting U.S.-Israel military, economic, scientific and cultural cooperation.

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