• 28 January 2010
  • Posted By Patrick Disney
  • Congress, Sanctions

BREAKING: Senate Approves Broad Iran Sanctions

Just over an hour ago, (6pm Thurs.) the Senate passed a sweeping expansion of Iran sanctions by unanimous voice vote.  The bill, S.2799, was introduced by Senator Dodd last Fall and would require the President to impose draconian sanctions on a broad range of activities involving gasoline imports in Iran.

Some, including NIAC, have criticized the bill for imposing mandatory sanctions that the President must enforce (or else issue a waiver on a case-by-case basis), rather than giving the President options.  Many Obama administration officials have weighed in as well on the measure, recommending that it be altered to preserve the President’s flexibility in matters of foreign policy and that it be tailored so as not to harm innocent Iranians.

Minority Leader Mitch McConnell had this to say prior to the bill’s passage:

McConnell: Madame President. Frequently these kinds of unilateral sanctions measures make little or no difference.  This measure, however, is crafted in such a way that it could actually be effective with America alone, not having to depend on cooperation of other countries that tend to be less concerned about whether Iran ultimately becomes armed with  nuclear weapons.  So this is an important piece of legislation as the Majority Leader has said, as Senator McCain has said, as Senator Lieberman has said.  It can actually make a difference.

The timing for this move was unexpected, after Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid announced only days ago that he expected the bill to be brought up “in the next few weeks.”

Posted By Patrick Disney

    3 Responses to “BREAKING: Senate Approves Broad Iran Sanctions”

  1. Pirouz says:

    I’m disappointed but not surprised.

    America is escalating the cold war, thanks in large part to the efforts of the pro-Zionist lobby and their supporters.

    Who are the losers in all of this? Ordinary Americans and ordinary Iranians.

    It turns out we voted in a very mediocre president.

  2. Alireza says:

    It is obvious that Pirouz (aka “Sargord Pirouz” on Iranian.com) cares deeply about “ordinary Iranians”. That’s why he persistently defends and propagandizes on behalf of a regime (i.e. the IRI) which has killed more Iranians, by far, than any other government in Iran’s recent history. I am greatly impressed by Pirouz’s crocodile tears on behalf of “ordinary Iranians”.

    The number of Iranians killed by the IRI far, far exceeds the number killed by the Shah’s dictatorship. And I say that as someone who is neither a Pahlavi supporter nor a monarchist.

  3. Jason says:

    Um, no Pirouz. It means the old adage about pro/con quip about progress and Congress is proving quite true.

    I can only hope that Obama can flatten this little measure, and a few states have the sense to hold recall elections to yank representatives that seem to have taken leave of their senses.

    Whatever happened to ‘carefully targeted sanctions’?

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