ADL Welcomes Unanimous Senate Vote Reauthorizing Iran Sanctions

New York, NY, December 1, 2016 … The Anti-Defamation League (ADL) today welcomed a unanimous vote in the U.S. Senate to reauthorize the Iran Sanctions Act (ISA) for an additional ten years.  The Act was due to expire at the end of 2016.

The House reauthorized the bill by a vote of 419-1, and the Senate vote was 99-0. 

Marvin D. Nathan, ADL National Chair, and Jonathan A. Greenblatt, ADL CEO, issued the following statement:

Congress’ vote to extend the Iran Sanctions Act is a crucial bipartisan commitment that the United States will continue to stand up to Iran’s aggressive behavior, including its illicit ballistic missile program, and have the ability to put sanctions quickly in place if Iran violates the nuclear agreement. 

Since the signing of the Iran nuclear agreement in 2015, the Islamic Republic has not ceased its aggressive behaviors with missile testing, sponsorship of terrorism, threats against Israel, rampant human rights abuses and state-sponsored anti-Semitism. The ISA enables the U.S. to make clear that Iran will be held accountable for its actions while still upholding the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action.

We commend the authors of this critical bill, House Foreign Affairs Committee Chairman Ed Royce (R-CA) and Ranking Member Eliot Engel (D-NY), for their leadership and call on President Obama to sign the sanctions act into law.

The Anti-Defamation League was founded in 1913 to stop the defamation of the Jewish people and to secure justice and fair treatment to all. Today it is the world’s leading organization combating anti-Semitism, exposing hate groups, training law enforcement on hate crimes, developing anti-bias education programs for students, countering cyber-hate and relentlessly pursuing equal rights for all.

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