U.S. Senator John Boozman (R-AR) voted today to ensure that Iran would remain subject to sanctions if it continues its belligerent actions, supports terrorism or violates terms of the nuclear agreement it made with the Obama administration.
“President Obama acquiesced to each and every demand from Tehran during the nuclear agreement negotiations and Iran has repaid the administration by stepping up efforts to acquire new weapons systems, destabilize the Middle East and advance its reputation as the world’s leading state sponsor of terrorism,” Boozman said. “With a new administration, there is renewed confidence that Iran’s belligerence will not be met with the same dangerous indifference shown by President Obama. Maintaining the existing sanctions structure sends a strong message that the U.S. will have tools at our disposal to deal with Iran’s transgressions should they continue.”
The U.S. has had the ability to impose sanctions on Iran to block the regime from obtaining resources to support terrorism and develop weapons of mass destruction since the Iran and Libya Sanctions Act became law in 1996. The current authorization is set to expire at the end of this calendar year. President Obama’s signature on the bill passed today would extend the sanctions through 2026.