CEO Letter Expresses Continued Support for Sanctions Reform Act (S.1413)

Friday, 24 July 1998

"Today's letter illustrates strong support for the Sanctions Reform Act among America's business leaders, and indicates a desire to continue pursuit of this landmark legislation," said Frank Kittredge, President of the National Foreign Trade Council and Vice Chairman of USA*ENGAGE.

On July 15, by a vote of 53-46, the Senate tabled consideration of S.1413 when offered by Senator Richard Lugar (R-IN) as an amendment to the Agriculture Appropriations Bill. During the debate, many senators expressed strong support for the goals of the Sanctions Reform Act, but preferred to defer consideration of the legislation until after the Sanctions Task Force issues its final report on September 1.

"We look forward to seeing the substantive recommendations of the Task Force, but ask that the Senate be consistent and defer ALL sanctions-related measures until after the Senators complete their work," Kittredge concluded.

USA*ENGAGE is a coalition of 675 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. For more information on USA*ENGAGE and the harmful effects of unilateral trade sanctions, visit the USA*ENGAGE web site at


Contact: Eric Thomas 202/822-9491

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