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House Passes Crippling New Sanctions for Iran


Location: Washington, DC

Rep. Ted Deutch (FL-19) released the following statement after passage of final version of the Comprehensive Iran Sanctions, Accountability, and Divestment Act of 2010:

"Today, the House of Representatives seized an opportunity to profoundly advance the security of our nation and our allies. By passing the Comprehensive Iran Sanctions, Accountability, and Divestment Act of 2010, we can at long last deliver this important bill to the desk of the President of the United States.

"The stakes could not be higher. Again and again, Ahmadinejad has called for the destruction of our ally Israel and a world without the United States. Just yesterday, Iran announced it now possesses 37 pounds of 20-percent enriched uranium, the necessary grade of purity for producing a nuclear weapon. This behavior is intolerable, and today the Congress of the United States sends the clear message to Iran that their pursuit of nuclear weapons will not be allowed.

"The possibility that nuclear weapons could fall into the hands of terrorists determined to destroy the state of Israel and attack the United States is a threat we cannot ignore. Iran is the world's leading state sponsor of terrorism. Iran bankrolls terrorists that preach anti-American and anti-Semitic hatred and employ horrific violence against innocent civilians.

"Ahmadinejad's claims that Iran's nuclear program is for peaceful purposes are lies -- pure and simple, and they follow a documented history of Iranian deception and defiance of the international community. But the international community has now made it clear it will no longer stand for Iran's flagrant disregard for global security. The past 30 days have marked the most serious steps forward in preventing a nuclear Iran. Beginning with the passage of a UN Security Council resolution, followed by the approval of tough new, targeted sanctions from the European Union, the imposition of new sanctions by the U.S. Treasury Department, and culminating with the efforts of this Congress to craft the most comprehensive, targeted, results-oriented legislation, Iran will finally feel the burden of crippling economic sanctions.

"The Comprehensive Iran Sanctions, Accountability, and Divestment Act for the first time imposes mandatory sanctions aimed at choking off the access of Iran's powerful Revolutionary Guard to the international financial markets. For the first time, this legislation also makes supporting Iran's need for refined petroleum a sanctionable offense, and supports state divestment from companies investing in the Iranian energy sector. And in a significant measure aimed at ratcheting up the pressure on companies doing business in Iran, the Executive Branch will for the first time be required to name names and report all improper activity by companies.

"This legislation is the most important step Congress has taken towards thwarting the development of an Iranian nuclear program. Now we look to the Administration to hold those violators accountable and ensure the stringent implementation of these crippling sanctions."

Congressman Ted Deutch, Democrat, is a nationally recognized pro-Israel activist who as a State Senator made Florida the first state in America to exert economic pressure on the state of Iran. The language of his law was eventually incorporated into the Iran Sanctions Act at the federal level to enhance the ability of states to divest from companies that support Iran's nuclear weapons program. Recently, at the invitation of U.S. Senator Joe Lieberman, Congressman Deutch testified before the United States Homeland Security and Intergovernmental Affairs Committee on how to best identify corporations that do business with Iran's energy sector.

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