Today, U.S. Senator Rob Portman (R-Ohio), an original cosponsor of the Iran Sanctions Resolution, released the following statement following Senate passage of the resolution by a vote of 99-0:
"We must prevent Iran from acquiring nuclear weapons, and I am happy the Senate voted unanimously to take necessary measures to protect against these threats and to stand with our ally Israel if it is forced to defend its people from Iranian hostility," Portman said.
Yesterday, Portman signed on as an original cosponsor of the Iran Export Embargo Act, legislation introduced by Senators John Cornyn (R-Texas) and Mark Kirk (R-Ill.) to impose sanctions on the Government of Iran.
The Iran Export Embargo Act would expand existing U.S. sanctions law by prohibiting the purchase or transfer of goods and services from any entity owned or controlled by the Government of Iran and banning all transactions on behalf of such entities for the purpose of exports from Iran. The bill would block all assets of entities deemed to be Government of Iran and also prohibit any insurance or reinsurance for such entities.