U.S. Senator Pat Toomey (R-Pa.) today voted for a bipartisan amendment (S. Amdt. 3332) to the National Defense Authorization Act (S. 3254) that significantly tightens sanctions on Iran and gives the American government additional tools to thwart Iran's nuclear efforts. The amendment passed 94-0.
Sponsored by Sens. Bob Menendez (D-N.J.) and Mark Kirk (R-Ill.), the amendment increases sanctions on the Iranian energy sector and closes a loophole in current law that allows Iran to circumvent financial sanctions by trading oil for precious metals.
"Iran has made its determination to build nuclear weapons abundantly clear, and we need to do everything in our power to make sure that does not happen," Sen. Toomey said. "A nuclear capable Iran is not an acceptable option. I am grateful to my colleagues for drafting this important measure, and I hope we can get it signed into law as soon as possible."