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.
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
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.