USA*ENGAGE Eager to Begin Work with 106th Congress

Tuesday, 3 November 1998

"We made significant progress in raising the awareness about the proliferation of unilateral U.S. sanctions in the last Congress. While sanctions were not a key issue in this election, it is important that we not let up in our efforts to see that the new Congress embraces a more effective foreign policy. We plan to work hard to see that legislation is enacted that will provide for a more reasonable, deliberative process prior to the imposition of future unilateral sanctions," said Frank Kittredge, President of the National Foreign Trade Council and Vice Chairman of USA*ENGAGE.

Kittredge noted that 17 House Members that received a "D" or "F" grade from USA*ENGAGE and the NFTC on issues important to promoting international engagement will not be returning to the House for the next session. Meanwhile, the only "A+" or "A" member not returning is retiring Rep. Lee Hamilton (D-IN), sponsor of the Hamilton-Crane-Lugar Sanctions Reform Act.

"We will certainly miss the leadership of Congressman Hamilton. However, if we continue our efforts, we are confident that our message will be heard and that we will see sanctions reform legislation become law during the next Congress," he concluded.

The USA*ENGAGE/NFTC report card is available at 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.