Momentum Growing for Bipartisan House Sanctions Reform Bill

Thursday, 27 May 1999

"A wide spectrum of support is building for this common sense legislation," said Frank Kittredge, President of the National Foreign Trade Council and Vice Chairman of USA*ENGAGE. "Until meaningful process reform legislation is enacted, American business, farmers and workers will continue to be subjected to the high cost of ineffective and counterproductive unilateral U.S. sanctions."

H.R. 1244, sponsored by Congressmen Phillip Crane (R-IL), Cal Dooley (D-CA) and Donald Manzullo (R-IL), has now attracted 90 co-sponsors. The bipartisan list (attached) includes 56 Republicans and 34 Democrats. "Today's hearing marks an important step in order for the Sanctions Reform Act to become law in 1999," said Kittredge, referring to the Ways & Means Subcommittee on Trade hearing on sanctions. "We are grateful for the leadership of Chairman Crane and the other lead sponsors, as well as for the work of Senators Richard Lugar (R-IN), Robert Kerrey (D-NE) and Chuck Hagel (R-NE), who are leading the effort in the Senate."

USA*ENGAGE is a coalition of over 670 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.


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