USA*ENGAGE Disappointed in Task Force Delay

Thursday, 30 July 1998

"The September 1st deadline for issuing a report on the effectiveness of U.S. sanctions policy is now out the window," said Frank Kittredge, President of the National Foreign Trade Council and Vice Chairman of USA*ENGAGE. "This is troubling primarily because it will further slow consideration of much needed sanctions reform legislation."

Kittredge noted that during the July 15 debate on the Sanctions Reform Act (S.1413), the Senate narrowly voted to table consideration of the bill -- largely in deference to the Task Force and its pending report.

"We sincerely hope that this delay will not slow the momentum of the Sanctions Reform Act," Kittredge continued. "We will look for serious progress from the Task Force in September, and would support further efforts by Senator Richard Lugar to bring S.1413 to the floor once again."

The 18-Member Senate Sanctions Task Force was appointed by Majority Leader Trent Lott on June 26. The Task Force is chaired by Senators Mitch McConnell (R-KY) and Joseph Biden (D-DE).

USA*ENGAGE is a coalition of 676 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



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