USA*Engage Urges House to Oppose Unilateral Iran Sanctions Legislation

Wednesday, 13 July 2016
Washington, DC – Today, Richard Sawaya, Director of USA*Engage and National Foreign Trade Council Vice President, urged members of the U.S. House of Representatives to oppose pending unilateral Iran sanctions legislation, including H.R. 4992, the U.S. Financial System Protection Act of 2016; H.R. 5119, the No 2H20 From Iran Act; and H.R. 5631,the Iran Accountability Act of 2016. Sawaya released the following statement:

“USA*Engage opposes House passage of H.R. 4992, H.R. 5119, and H.R. 5631. The legislation would subvert U.S. compliance with the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) and further disadvantage U.S. companies vis-à-vis foreign competitors with respect to commerce with Iran.

“Ironically, the House floor vote is scheduled for the one year anniversary of Implementation Day under the JCPOA. No one disputes that Iran has met its commitments under the JCPOA, which is exclusively about Iran’s nuclear program. It is also the case that under the terms of the JCPOA, U.S. companies are placed at a virtually insuperable disadvantage regarding commerce with Iran, precisely because of the remaining U.S. unilateral sanctions on Iran, which are outside the scope of the JCPOA.

“The United States and Iran remain mutually official adversaries, with apparently deep conflicts about Iran’s conduct in the region and about the Iranian government’s treatment of its citizens. But the JCPOA was negotiated between Iran and the members of the UN Security Council plus Germany. It has global warrant. To the degree that economic pressure brought Iran to negotiate the JCPOA, it was because the pressure was brought multilaterally under UN auspices.

“We urge Congress to respect the Administration’s conduct of foreign policy. Common sense would argue for continuity in a presidential election year and forbearance regarding enactment of laws that would bind the next administration’s foreign policy development and further hobble U.S. companies.”