USA*Engage Continues to Oppose Five Year Reauthorization of ILSA

Wednesday, 20 June 2001

"The Bush Administration has asked for a two year extension, instead of the five year reauthorization, to have more flexibility in formulating U.S. foreign policy toward Iran and Libya," said Bill Reinsch, President of the NFTC and Vice Chairman of USAHEngage.

"Although we would prefer that ILSA not be renewed, we urge Congress to support the Administration’s position for two primary reasons: (1) On June 8, Iran overwhelmingly reelected a reform-minded leader. Renewal of ILSA for a period longer than the term to which President Khatami has just been elected sends a negative message to the reform movement in Iran; (2) the new Bush Administration should be given an opportunity to assess relations with Iran and Libya and devise its policy. Renewing ILSA undercuts that process."

"We are in full agreement with the goals of ILSA, but the law is ineffective and counterproductive," Reinsch added. "In five years, ILSA has failed to achieve any progress toward its stated goals."

USAHENGAGE 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.  For more information on USAHENGAGE and the harmful effects of unilateral trade sanctions, visit the USAHENGAGE web site at