Roskam Co-Leads Bipartisan Letter Holding Administration Accountable on Fully Enforcing New Iran Sanctions

From the office of Rep. Peter Roskam (R, Illinois 6th District)…

Bipartisan coalition of 89 House members press the Administration to act; Co-led by Congressmen Lance (R-NJ) and Lipinski (D-IL)

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Eighty-nine House members sent a letter to the Obama Administration today, urging it to fully enforce newly enacted sanctions against any entity that engages in prohibited commerce with Iran, passed in the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2012 (NDAA). At this critical time, a hesitant, reserved, partial or half-hearted effort will only aid Iran in their dangerous quest for nuclear capability.

They write, “Upon signing the bill, you indicated that the sanctions program language was advisory only. It is not. As a co-equal branch of government, Congress has acted with overwhelming bipartisanship to put in place this tool to combat Iran’s continued march towards nuclear weapons capability. We respectfully urge you to clarify that your intent is to fully and forcefully implement these provisions. We hope we can continue to work with your Administration to shut off the spigot of financial support that has allowed Iran to continue to thwart international engagement thus far.”

“With a belligerent Iranian regime marching towards nuclear capability, the time is now for President Obama to fully unleash the new sanctions at his disposal,” said Congressman Peter Roskam (IL-6) about the letter. “The potential cost of half-action is unthinkable for America and our allies.”

“A nuclear-armed Iran is one of the most significant threats facing the United States and our allies in the world today,” Congressman Dan Lipinski (IL-3) said. “Congress has passed the laws that are needed to implement further sanctions against Iran to deter it from pursuing nuclear weapons – now the President must take full advantage of the tools at his disposal. The longer we delay, the closer Iran will move to acquiring nuclear technology.”

“There is a growing concern that the Administration does not fully support the tough new sanctions passed by Congress to thwart Iran’s nuclear pursuits,” said Congressman Leonard Lance (NJ-7). “It is the overwhelming position of the House and Senate that President Obama must use all available resources to prevent a nuclear Iran.”

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To view the letter click here. The full text is below:

January 26, 2012

President Barack Obama
The White House
1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW
Washington, D.C. 20500

Dear Mr. President,

We write to affirm our strong support for the new sanctions put in place when Congress passed and you signed into law the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2012 (NDAA). Since the passage of that legislation, we have seen a spate of increasingly hostile actions and statements coming from Iran. From the December Iranian naval exercises in the Sea of Oman, to threats to prevent the passage of international oil shipments through the Strait of Hormuz, to an Iranian court’s recent sentencing to death of American Amir Hekmati, to the Iranian military chief’s warning that U.S. naval vessels will not be allowed to re-enter the Persian Gulf, it is clear that leaders in Iran are feeling the bite of these crippling new sanctions.

However, at this time of unprecedented national unity and international cooperation in taking every possible step to prevent Iran from acquiring the ability to make and use nuclear weapons, your statement at the signing of the NDAA that, with respect to the sanctions regime in the new law, you “will treat the provisions as non-binding,” creates a damaging level of confusion and ambiguity about America’s position on this critical issue.

As you know, the sanctions language was written with bipartisan cooperation in the Senate and both houses of Congress have supported the creation of this new sanctions regime with the hope that it will cut off the Iranian financial and petroleum sectors that have long been used to advance Iran’s nuclear ambitions. Most importantly, the sanctions target the Central Bank of Iran (CBI) and the foreign entities it does business with in order to financially and politically isolate the regime over their relentless pursuit of nuclear weapons capabilities.

Upon signing the bill, you indicated that the sanctions program language was advisory only. It is not. As a co-equal branch of government, Congress has acted with overwhelming bipartisanship to put in place this tool to combat Iran’s continued march towards nuclear weapons capability. We respectfully urge you to clarify that your intent is to fully and forcefully implement these provisions. We hope we can continue to work with your Administration to shut off the spigot of financial support that has allowed Iran to continue to thwart international engagement thus far.

Mr. President, we all agree that a nuclear Iran poses a grave threat to the security and stability of the region and the world. Furthermore, clear and compelling evidence shows that Iran’s state-sponsored financial institutions have allowed them to fund and facilitate nuclear weapons research, development, and testing. The new sanctions are an important step in curtailing these activities.

At this critical time of engagement when the world must convince Iran to abandon its disastrous nuclear ambitions, there needs to be surety that America and our allies will use every possible measure to prevent a nuclear-armed Iran. We respectfully request your Administration brief us at the earliest opportunity on how specifically you plan to implement the new sanctions and in particular, how your signing statement and potential reservations will impact the effectiveness of this effort.

We look forward to working together to ensure the safety and security of the U.S., the region, and the world.

Very Truly Yours,

Peter
Roskam
Leonard
Lance
Dan
Lipinski
Spencer
Bachus
Joe
Barton
Dan
Benishek
Judy
Biggert
Diane
Black
Kevin
Brady
Dan
Burton
John
Campbell
Francisco
Canseco
Shelley Moore
Capito
Bill
Cassidy
Jason
Chaffetz
Mike
Coffman
Tom
Cole
Michael
Conaway
Chip
Cravaack
Ander
Crenshaw
Geoff
Davis
Scott
DesJarlais
Mario
Diaz-Balart
Robert
Dold
Jeff
Duncan
Jo Ann
Emerson
Steven
Fincher
Jeff
Flake
Charles
Fleischmann
Bill
Flores
Randy
Forbes
Virginia
Foxx
Trent
Franks
Chris
Gibson
Bob
Goodlatte
Tim
Griffin
Michael
Grimm
Colleen
Hanabusa
Richard
Hanna
Nan
Hayworth
Randy
Hultgren
Robert
Hurt
Bill
Johnson
Sam
Johnson
Peter
King
Adam
Kinzinger
John
Kline
Doug
Lamborn
Tom
Latham
Cynthia
Lummis
Connie
Mack
Don
Manzullo
Tom
Marino
Mike
McCaul
Tom
McClintock
Thad
McCotter
Patrick
McHenry
David
McKinley
Patrick
Meehan
John
Mica
Randy
Neugabauer
Richard
Nugent
Alan
Nunnelee
Pete
Olson
Steven
Palazzo
Erik
Paulsen
Steve
Pearce
Gary
Peters
Mike
Pompeo
Tom
Reed
Dave
Reichert
David
Rivera
Phil
Roe
Todd
Rokita
Bobby
Schilling
Jean
Schmidt
Aaron
Schock
Terri
Sewell
Lamar
Smith
Steve
Stivers
Pat
Tiberi
Bob
Turner
Tim
Walberg
Greg
Walden
Joe
Walsh
Lynn
Westmoreland
Joe
Wilson
Kevin
Yoder
Todd
Young

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