Although the GOP and Democratic party disagree on almost every major policy issue, both parties represented by members of the Senate agree that Iran needs more new restrictions.
It’s been a long year since the Iran deal was signed and Iran has consistently proved that they are not going to comply with the “terms.”
With that being said, the Iran Sanctions Act was introduced late last week by Dan Sullivan (R-AK), Bob Corker (R-TN), Robert Menendez (D-NJ), Marco Rubio (R-FL), and Joe Manchin (D-WV.) Specifically, “the legislation seeks to step up mandatory sanctions against individuals and entities involved with Iran’s ballistic missile program, the Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps, and cyber-threats and espionage efforts.
It also would renew through 2026 the expiring Iran Sanctions Act, or ISA, which outlines trade, energy, defense and banking sector sanctions over Iran’s nuclear and missile activities. In addition, the proposal would prohibit Iran’s financial institutions from engaging in dollar-based financial transactions with banks in third-party countries,” writes The Washington Post.
Evidently, these three republicans and the two democrats are fed up with Iran’s behavior. Last week, there were more reports revealing that the country has continued their ballistic missile program.
“When President Obama and Secretary Kerry were selling the nuclear deal with Iran, implicit in their appeal was that it would mark the beginning of a more transparent and cooperative Iran,” said Senator Sullivan (R-AK.) “However, since its signing, we’ve seen attempt after attempt by the Iranian regime to undermine, circumvent or blatantly disregard the conditions they agreed to exactly one year ago.
Ignoring clear violations of the deal without reproach only emboldens the regime to act further. For the sake of U.S. national security and the global fight against terrorism, Congress must act when the Obama administration is not prepared to. That is why I am pleased to have worked with my colleagues on a bill that recognizes that the Iranian threat still exists.”
But, this isn’t the only legislation addressing the concern for Iran’s recent activities. The U.S. Financial System Protection Act passed last week and it prevents Iran from gaining access to the US financial system. The Iran Accountability Act of 2016 has also passed that imposed more sanctions in response to the ballistic missile program and lastly, another act that stops the US from purchasing Iran’s heavy water was passed.
Even though Obama doesn’t seem to be concerned with how Iran has been disregarding the deal, at least Congress is stepping in to address the country’s indiscretions.