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On July 31, the House passed the Nuclear Iran Prevention Act of 2013 (H.R.850) in a vote of 400-20. The legislation would increase penalties for countries, companies, and individuals that trade with Iran, particularly those purchasing Iranian oil. The sanctions are aimed to cut—and ultimately eliminate—Iran’s oil exports in order to prevent funds from supporting Iran’s nuclear program.
The passage of the legislation was meant to send a clear message to newly elected president of Iran, Hassan Rouhani, who took office on August 4.
The legislation has been refered to the Senate Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs and the committee is also expected to introduce similar legislation in September.
Thank Congress for continuing to support Iran Sanctions, and urge your Senators and President Obama to enact the Nuclear Iran Prevention Act.
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Previous Iran Sanctions Legislation
On September 19, the House passed H.R. 3783, which provides for a comprehensive strategy to counter Iran's growing hostile presence and activity in the Western Hemisphere, specifically in Latin America. The bill reinforces the U.S.-Latin American relationship and provides protections for U.S. interests in the region and domestically.
On Wednesday, August 1, Congress reached an agreement on the Iran Sanctions, Accountability and Human Rights Act of 2012 and it was signed by the President on August 10. The legislation sanctions the officials, agents and affiliates of the Iranian Revolutionary Guard. It will also require companies that trade on the U.S. Stock Exchange to divulge any Iran-related business to the Securities and Exchange Commission, and expand existing penalties on energy and uranium mining ventures with Tehran.
The House of Representatives passed the legislation (H.R. 1905) last December, and the Senate passed S. 2101 unanimously on May 21.
The bill expands on sanctions signed into law last December, which targeted the Central Bank of Iran—widely suspected of financing Iran's nuclear program—and banks that do business with it and the United States.
On May 17, the House passed a resolution (401-11) on the importance of preventing the Government of Iran from acquiring nuclear weapons capability. House Resolution 568—introduced jointly by the House Foreign Affairs Chair Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-FL) and Ranking Member Howard Berman (D-CA)—urged continued and increasing economic and diplomatic pressure on Iran and rejected any policy that would rely on efforts to contain a nuclear weapons-capable Iran. A similar resolution (S.J.RES.41) is pending in the Senate.
For additional information on the situation with Iran, refer to these Hadassah alerts:
Iran Sanctions Update 12/5/11 Middle East Updates: Impact on Israel & Regional Balance of Power 2/28/12 Iran Center Stage at AIPAC, White House 3/6/12
U.S., Israel and Iran: A Legislative Update 5/24/12
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