12.01.16

Gardner Votes to Extend Iran Sanctions

Bill Headed to President’s Desk for Signature

Washington, DC – Senator Cory Gardner (R-CO), a member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, today released the below statement following the Senate’s passage of the Iran Sanctions Extension Act, which previously passed the U.S. House of Representatives by a vote of 419-1. The Iran Sanctions Act of 1996 was set to expire at the end of this year and will now be extended to 2026 in order to curtail Iran’s activities to support terrorism and develop weapons of mass destruction. 

 

“While the Obama Administration refuses to take meaningful action to deter Iran from testing ballistic missiles, financing terror groups, and threatening our closest ally, Israel, Congress has acted to ensure we have the ability to respond to Iran’s increasingly belligerent behavior,” said Gardner. “This legislation puts the safety and security of the American people first and is central to ratcheting up pressure on the murderous regime in Tehran, which has no respect for international norms. I look forward to working with the next Administration to prevent a nuclear Iran and make it clear that the United States will not tolerate an Iran that threatens the safety of its neighbors or our interests at home or abroad. I urge the Trump Administration to use the authorities provided by Congress today early and often to punish any and all behavior by the Iranian regime that threatens American interests and those of our close allies.”

 

As 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. 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. Gardner also called on the Administration to explain reports that the United States agreed in secret to grant Iran exemptions and create a loophole to solidify the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) ahead of its deadline.

 

Most recently, Gardner introduced the No Ransom Payments Act authored by Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL). If enacted, this legislation will prohibit the United States Treasury Department from using the Judgment Fund, which was established to pay money owed by the U.S. government, to make any payments to Iran until Iran returns the ransom payment it received and compensates American victims of Iranian terrorism. Furthermore, it prohibits the United States from making ransom payments to any country.

 

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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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