Today the Nuclear Iran Prevention Act, bipartisan legislation introduced by Congressman Brad Sherman (D-CA) and House Foreign Affairs Chairman Ed Royce (R-CA) and Ranking Member Eliot Engel (D-NY) in February 2013, passed the House of Representatives.
"Iran's recent election of a so-called "moderate' President has done nothing to change two important facts: Iran is still pursuing nuclear weapons capability, and the Supreme Leader is still the leader and decision-maker of Iran's military and nuclear program," said Congressman Sherman following the vote. "I am urging my Senate colleagues to pass this legislation and send it to the President for his signature."
The Nuclear Iran Prevention Act expands current sanctions against the Central Bank of Iran for oil purchases and third party transfers of Iranian crude oil, which have sometimes allowed Iran to side-step sanctions.
On May 22, 2013, the House Foreign Affairs Committee marked up the new sanctions bill and passed it unanimously. Congressman Sherman contributed provisions through four amendments that were adopted unanimously that:
-Add the knowing transfer of uranium mining and milling equipment to Iran to current sanctions law.
-Require a certification from prospective federal contractors that they (and affiliates) conduct no business with Iran that is sanctionable under this bill.
-Expand sanctions on individuals who transfer technology used to repress dissidents in Iran by imposing harsher sanctions beyond just government procurement contract prohibitions and expanding the scope of sanctions to include affiliates of these individuals.
-Strengthen current nonproliferation law under which the President must designate countries that allow a substantial diversion of certain sensitive goods, services, or technologies to Iran as "Destinations of Diversion Concern" (DDC) -- and authorize harsher sanctions on such countries.
"This bipartisan Iran sanctions bill will broaden economic sanctions, strengthen human rights sanctions, and increase oversight of the enforcement of current sanctions," Sherman added.