• 19 October 2009
  • Posted By Lloyd Chebaclo
  • Diplomacy, Events in DC, Legislative Agenda, Nuclear file, Sanctions, UN

Berman-Hoyer play hot potato with Sanctions Bill

Chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee Howard L. Berman (D-CA) said Thursday the committee will mark up the Iran Refined Petroleum Sanctions Act (H.R. 2194) (IRPSA) on October 28.

Later that day, House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer was pressed by Chief Deputy Republican Whip Kevin McCarthy (R-CA), and “committed to moving the bill quickly to a vote once it is passed out of the committee.”

When he introduced the bill last Spring, Berman made it clear:

“I fully support the Administration’s strategy of direct diplomatic engagement with Iran, and I have no intention of moving this bill though the legislative process in the near future,” Berman continued. “In fact, I hope that Congress will never need to take any action on this legislation, for that would mean that Iran at last has complied with the repeatedly-expressed demand of the international community to verifiably suspend its uranium enrichment program and to end its pursuit of nuclear weapons once and for all.”

So why are these people talking about passing these sanctions without the administration asking for it,  while continually undermining current negotiations? (Day 2 of talks wrapped in Vienna today.)

Both are under pressure to move the bill, and both are looking to pass the onus onto the other. Ultimately only the Obama administration would lose out because Berman and Hoyer are acting at cross purposes with it.

Posted By Lloyd Chebaclo

    5 Responses to “Berman-Hoyer play hot potato with Sanctions Bill”

  1. Pirouz says:

    “So why are these people talking about passing these sanctions without the administration asking for it, while continually undermining current negotiations?”

    Oh come on, Lloyd. Tell it like it is. Point the finger in the obvious direction: THE ISRAEL LOBBY.

  2. Anthony says:

    Pirouz, right on!

  3. Jason says:

    They’re that powerful? And here I thought it was “people thinking with their careers instead of their brains”. Everyone is saying sanctions will not work, Iran is practically begging them to do it so they can make the US into the enemy again. It’s like a bunch of fratboys going to jump off the roof of their house because they got dared.

  4. smsfarsi says:

    very good


  5. Pirouz says:

    Jason, do your homework.

    AIPAC has been the big pusher of this Act. In Middle East foreign policy, America’s elected representatives are not mere “frat boys”. You give them too much credit. They are in fact foreign manipulated stooges. And so is anyone else who supports this Zionist agenda against the ordinary people of Iran.

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