03.18.16

Gardner Supports Tougher Sanctions on Iran

“I urge my colleagues to join us in addressing the consequences of the President’s bad deal with Iran”

Washington, DC – Senator Cory Gardner (R-CO) joined his Republican colleagues in introducing two bills that would impose tough sanctions on Iran. In response to Iran’s ballistic missile violations, the Iran Ballistic Missile Sanctions Act sanctions individuals who directly and indirectly contribute to Iran’s ballistic missile program as well as entities controlled by Iran’s key ballistic missile organizations. The Iran Terrorism and Human Rights Act aims to counter terrorism and human rights abuses in Iran by sanctioning Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Coups (IGRC) and Mahan Air, an Iranian airline that has contributed to the growth of terrorism.  

“Instead of achieving a denuclearized Iran, the President’s deal has done just the opposite by providing the regime a patient pathway to a nuclear bomb. Moreover, the President’s dangerous Iran deal has empowered the world’s foremost state sponsor of terror by releasing over $50 billion dollars into its weakened economy. Secretary of State John Kerry has openly admitted that he thinks the money from sanctions relief will end up in the hands of terrorists. Furthermore, Iran has repeatedly made it clear by word and deed that it will not stop its illicit activities, including ballistic missile testing, support for terror, and gross human rights abuses,” said Gardner. “The Iran Ballistic Missile Sanctions Act and the Iran Terrorism and Human Rights Act recognize Iran’s pattern of behavior and strengthens and enhances sanctions against the regime. I urge my colleagues to join us in addressing the consequences of the President’s bad deal with Iran.”

A member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, Gardner has been a vocal opponent of the President’s deal with Iran. Before the deal was reached, Gardner warned about the dangers of a nuclear Iran, and denounced the deal  when it was announced as a “bad deal with the murderous Iranian regime”. After reports of Iranian violations of U.N. sanctions, Gardner sent a letter to President Obama asking for a response to Iran’s violations. On the floor of the Senate, Gardner spoke out about the troubling aspects of the deal and urged his colleagues to reject it. In October, Gardner asked Secretary Kerry  whether the Administration believed Iranian ballistic missile launches violated a U.N. ban, and in December, Gardner urged action against Iran for its repeated violations of ballistic missile test bans. 

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Cory Gardner is a member of the U.S. Senate serving Colorado. He sits on the Energy & Natural Resources Committee, the Foreign Relations Committee, the Commerce, Science, & Transportation Committee, and the Small Business & Entrepreneurship Committee, and is the Chairman of the Subcommittee on East Asia, the Pacific, and International Cybersecurity Policy. 

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