Kittredge Calls for "Common Sense" Sanctions Policy

Thursday, 10 September 1998

Kittredge noted that the business community does not disagree with the objectives of the 62 federal sanctions measures imposed by the United States since 1993, but was more concerned that "unilateral sanctions have a dramatically unsuccessful track record in achieving their own objectives." And that "the cumulative impact of unilateral sanctions constitutes a significant cost to the U.S. economy."

Kittredge reiterated the business community's strong support for "The Sanctions Reform Act" sponsored by Senator Richard Lugar (R-IN) and Representatives Lee Hamilton (D-IN) and Phil Crane (R-IL). This legislation would require a disciplined and deliberate process in the consideration of new sanctions, including:

* A clearly stated objective
* A statement that other foreign policy attempts have failed
* An attempt to establish multilateral cooperation
* An analysis of the costs to the U.S. economy
* A review of the impact on other U.S. policies, including potential backlash
* A 2-year sunset provision
* A broad presidential waiver authority

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


Contact: Eric Thomas 202/822-9491

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