USA*ENGAGE Encouraged by Senator Lott's Call for Greater Care in Use of U.S. Unilateral Sanctions

Friday, 29 January 1999

"We are greatly encouraged that Senator Lott considers the problems caused by overuse of U.S. unilateral sanctions to be a priority on the trade agenda. We are also pleased that there appears to be general agreement among the leaders of Congress and the Administration that a serious problem exists," said Frank Kittredge, President of the National Foreign Trade Council and Vice Chairman of USA*ENGAGE. "We remain eager to work with both parties to find a solution."

Senator Lott's comments were made earlier today before the 1999 Winter Meeting of the U.S. Conference of Mayors, in Washington, D.C. "Without unilateral sanctions reform, the proliferation of harmful and ineffective unilateral sanctions is destined to continue. We are hopeful that the stage is now set for a thoughtful deliberation of the issues, and the enactment of meaningful process reforms," Kittredge concluded.

USA*ENGAGE was an active advocate of "The Sanctions Reform Act" during the last Congress. The organization has again placed passage of similar legislation as its number-one priority for the current Congressional session.

USA*ENGAGE is a coalition of 673 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.