USA*ENGAGE Calls Lugar Amendment "Number-One Priority"

Thursday, 2 July 1998

"The Sanctions Reform Act has been and remains our number-one legislative priority for the 105th Congress," said Frank Kittredge, President of the National Foreign Trade Council and Vice Chairman of USA*ENGAGE. "We are encouraged not only by the Clinton Administration's recent endorsement of the legislation, but by the tremendous attention the issue is receiving from all quarters. Significant support for a more rational use of U.S. sanctions is building as more and more attention is focused on the dismal record and high costs associated with various U.S. unilateral sanctions."

Kittredge noted that in addition to the Hamilton-Crane-Lugar Sanctions Reform Act, which is now cosponsored by a bipartisan list of 35 Senators and 64 Representatives, USA*ENGAGE welcomed the formation of the Senate Task Force on Economic Sanctions, which was recently appointed by Majority Leader Trent Lott (R-MS).

"With two-thirds of the world's population now threatened by U.S. sanctions, we look forward to the Senate Task Force initiating a healthy, albeit long overdue debate on the effectiveness of U.S. sanctions policy. In particular, we view this as an important opportunity for the Senate to immediately reconsider the inflexible framework which has forced costly U.S. unilateral sanctions on India and Pakistan," Kittredge continued. "We should not, however, allow the creation of the Task Force to slow momentum on the Lugar Amendment. With 26 new sanctions measures currently under consideration in Congress, the Lugar Amendment offers a timely opportunity to adopt common sense process reforms to ensure a more effective foreign policy, while protecting Americans from the counterproductive effects of unilateral sanctions in the future."


Contact: Eric Thomas 202/822-9491

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