USA*ENGAGE Strongly Supportive

Monday, 8 June 1998

"There is a growing recognition that the United States is relying too heavily on unilateral sanctions as a foreign policy tool. With the U.S. now sanctioning over two-thirds of the world's population, legislation that would provide for a more reasoned approach to sanctions is long overdue," said Frank Kittredge, President of the National Foreign Trade Council and Vice Chairman of USA*ENGAGE. "We congratulate Senator Lugar for his continued leadership and encourage all senators to vote favorably on this common sense amendment."

S.1413 and its companion bill, H.R.2708, sponsored by Representatives Lee Hamilton (D-IN) and Phil Crane (R-IL), would require a more deliberative and disciplined approach to U.S. sanctions policy, so that such measures are driven by a reasoned analysis, instead of being pushed to counterproductive ends by politics and emotion. As part of this process, The Sanctions Reform Act would ensure that Congress and the Executive Branch have adequate information regarding the likely effectiveness and economic and humanitarian costs of a proposed sanction, and have conducted a detailed analysis of whether the proposed sanction is the best tool for achieving U.S. objectives.

USA*ENGAGE is a coalition of 672 small and large businesses, agriculture groups and trade associations working to seek alternatives to the proliferation of unilateral U.S. foreign policy sanctions and to promote the benefits of U.S. engagement abroad.

 

Contact: Eric Thomas 202/822-9491

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