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Roskam, Bipartisan Coalition Reaffirm States' Rights To Sanction Iran


Location: Washington, DC

Yesterday, Reps. Peter Roskam (R-IL), Brad Sherman (D-CA), Mike Pompeo (R-KS), Ted Deutch (D-FL), Lee Zeldin (R-NY), and Dan Lipinski (D-IL) introduced H. Con. Res. 100, reaffirming states' rights to maintain and strengthen sanctions against the Iranian regime for its continued support of terrorism and human rights abuses. Sens. Mark Kirk (R-IL), Joe Manchin (D-WV), and Marco Rubio (R-FL) introduced companion legislation in the U.S. Senate.

Rep. Peter Roskam (IL-06) released the following statement:

"The Iran deal specifically calls for removing nuclear-related sanctions while keeping in place those aimed at Tehran's sponsorship of terrorism and its egregious human rights record.

"State-level sanctions, which were authorized under bipartisan legislation signed into law by President Obama in 2010 and target Iran's illicit non-nuclear activities, in no way contradict the agreement reached by the P5+1 earlier this year. Nevertheless, we must take precautionary action to clarify Congress's legislative intent to ensure state pension funds and contracts are not used to fund terrorism and atrocities against the Iranian people.

"This bipartisan, bicameral measure reaffirms the rights of the states, 30 of which already have sanctions in place, to maintain these punitive measures against the repressive, authoritarian regime in Tehran. We urge our colleagues to join us in this critical, bipartisan initiative."

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