USA*Engage Urges House to Vote ‘No’ on Nuclear Iran Prevention Act of 2013

Tuesday, 30 July 2013
Washington, DC – USA*Engage Engage Director Richard Sawaya sent a letter today to members of the U.S. House of Representatives, urging them to vote against H.R. 850, the Nuclear Iran Prevention Act of 2013.

Sawaya wrote:

“USA*Engage urges you to join other Members of the House of Representatives who believe passage of H.R. 850, the Nuclear Iran Prevention Act of 2013 is not warranted at this time.

“Whatever the arguments for trying to restrict further Iran’s ability to export crude oil, as well as curtail President Obama’s flexibility in administering sanctions, the fact that Iran’s duly elected President is about to take office and hopefully seeking to return Iran to the community of nations argues for not preemptively torpedoing his efforts. House passage of H.R. 850 days before Rouhani takes office would certainly be perceived as such.

“The Administration has been successful in multilateralizing sanctions and doing serious harm to Iran’s economy. Rouhani’s election appears to have been free and fair, in contrast to the previous election, and demonstrably not the preferred result of the ruling regime. This creates an opportunity for diplomatic progress, however slim, but it is one we should not ignore. At the very least, because it is the responsibility of our President to conduct U.S. foreign policy, he should be given the chance to do so.

“This is precisely the wrong time to limit President Obama’s flexibility in dealing with Iran’s newly elected president.”