Bipartisan steel bill would make Iran sanctions permanent
On September 15, U.S. Representative Michelle Steel (R-CA) led a bipartisan contingent to introduce legislation that would ensure the United States could maintain sanctions that lawmakers say help prevent the Iranian regime from using nuclear weapons.
“From the brutal abuses committed against its own people to its endless threats against free and democratic societies, the Iranian regime has proven time and time again that it is a rogue state with no interest in preserving peace. regional or global,” the Steel rep said. said. “It is more important than ever that we prevent the unacceptable threat of a nuclear Iran from becoming a reality.”
Rep. Steel sponsored the bipartisan Solidify Iran Sanctions Act of 2022, HR 8868, which has 18 original co-sponsors, including U.S. Representatives Dave Joyce (R-OH) and Susie Lee (D-NV). HR 8868 is the companion bill to the same name S. 4746, introduced August 2 by US Sens. Tim Scott (R-SC) and Maggie Hassan (D-NH).
If passed, the bill would make permanent the sanctions established by the Iran Sanctions Act of 1996, which are due to expire in 2026.
“Existing sanctions have proven effective in preventing such a catastrophe, and we must ensure that we can continue to exert economic and strategic pressure on Iran to prevent it from developing nuclear weapons or supporting terrorists,” said Rep. Steel. “I am proud to join Senator Scott on this issue and to lead this bipartisan group of my colleagues in the House to send a clear signal that the United States will not tolerate existential threats against us, our allies, or the freedom and democracy around the world.”
The 1996 Iran Sanctions Act specifically exerts economic pressure on Iran’s energy sector to prevent the regime from acquiring the financial resources needed to support terrorism or further develop nuclear or biological weapons, according to information provided by the Steel representative’s office.
“The United States, Israel and our Arab partners remain concerned about the imminent threat that a nuclear Iran poses to regional stability,” Senator Scott said. “US sanctions are a necessary deterrent to this dangerous and unstable regime, which is why this bill will make permanent the cornerstone of sanctions against Iran.”