USA*Engage Statement Opposing Vote on H.R. 1905

Thursday, 15 December 2011

Washington, DC – USA*Engage today released the following statement in response to the U.S. House of Representatives' vote to approve H.R. 1905, the Iran Threat Reduction Act (ITRA).
"Last night's House vote to approve a bill that would impose additional unilateral sanctions against Iran at a time when a multilateral effort to put pressure on the regime is gaining momentum is very troubling," said USA*Engage Director Richard Sawaya. "The Administration, to its credit, has orchestrated a comprehensive, global effort to address Iran's nuclear program."
Sawaya continued, "The H.R. 1905 vote and others like it only send mixed signals to those nations that have joined with the United States to press Iran to change course.  Votes like these may satisfy domestic political considerations, but they actually weaken American leadership and have the potential to unravel the calibrated, multilateral consensus that has been achieved. 

"In short, more is not better. Congress enacted the Comprehensive Iran Sanctions Accountability and Divestment Act just last year, and the Administration has implemented it in a fashion that does not harm U.S. commerce or pressure the global oil market. Sometimes, patience is preferable to piling on."