Washington, DC – Today, Congresswoman Elise Stefanik (R-NY-21) voted in support of H.R. 6297, the Iran Sanctions Extension Act. This bipartisan legislation extends the Iran Sanctions Act for 10 years until 2026, and supports sanctions on Iran’s illicit weapons programs and ballistic missile development that were not suspended as part of the nuclear deal.
“Iran is the world’s largest state sponsor of terrorism and we must work to hold this dangerous regime accountable,” said Congresswoman Stefanik. “These sanctions are an important tool for countering Iran’s hostile activity in the region. It’s imperative that Congress reauthorizes these sanctions so that the next Administration can control this rogue regime and prevent a nuclear Iran.”
Background: Since it was first passed twenty years ago, the Iran Sanctions Act has been at the center of the U.S. response to the threat posed by the Iranian rogue regime. Despite the Obama Administration’s dangerous nuclear deal, ISA remains critical to U.S. efforts to counter the full range of Iran’s malicious activity. The Iran Sanctions Act will expire at the end of the year if Congress does not pass an extension.
- Provides clear statutory authority to re-impose or “snap-back” many of the most powerful sanctions on Iran’s energy industry if the rogue regime rushes toward a nuclear weapon.
- Gives Congress - not the Executive Branch - final say on when Iran gets permanent sanctions relief.
- Extends the Iran Sanctions Act for 10 years.