House Passes Iran Sanctions Extension Act

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November 15, 2016
House Passes Iran Sanctions
Extension Act
 
AIPAC commends the U.S. House of Representatives for passing the Iran Sanctions Extension Act today. House Foreign Affairs Committee Chairman Ed Royce (R-CA) and Ranking Member Eliot Engel (D-NY) authored this critical bipartisan bill that reauthorizes the Iran Sanctions Act (ISA).

ISA provides the basic architecture of U.S. sanctions on Iran's nuclear program and other dangerous activities, including its support of terrorism, illegal arms trade and illicit ballistic missile program.

First passed by Congress in 1996, ISA is set to expire on Dec. 31 unless Congress votes to extend it. Reauthorization of ISA will signal American determination to enforce the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) with Iran and re-impose currently waived sanctions if Iran violates the deal.

Iran has continued its malign behavior since the JCPOA was implemented, to include harassing American military forces, procuring prohibited technology, testing nuclear-capable ballistic missiles, and stoking regional conflicts. Congress, along with the current and incoming administrations, must exercise robust oversight of Iran's behavior and respond to violations of the JCPOA, U.S. law or United
Nations Security Council resolutions with certain, swift and severe penalties.

AIPAC urges the Senate to join the House in reauthorizing ISA before adjourning this year.


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