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No to Indiscriminate Sanctions.
No to War.
Sanctions Campaign

NIAC opposes H.R. 1905 and Central Bank Sanctions because they:

  • Worsen Iran’s deadly civilian flight record by preventing parts and repairs for Iranian civilian planes, even in cases of humanitarian disaster.
  • Increase the risk of war by taking diplomacy off the table, making it illegal for U.S. diplomats to speak with their Iranian counterparts.
  • Put Iranian-Americans in legal jeopardy if they send or receive money from Iran.
  • Impose indiscriminate humanitarian suffering on Iranians on the scale of sanctions on Saddam Hussein's Iraq that killed hundreds of thousands.
  • Threaten the U.S. economy and kill jobs by causing an oil price spike that would benefit the Iranian regime

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    Legislative Update:

    Timeline of important legislative action and activities.

    H.R. 1905 advances through House Foreign Relations Committee  
    November 2, 2011
    H.R. 1905 comes up for a vote on the House Floor December  13, 2011
    Senators Mark Kirk (R-IL) and Robert Menendez (D-NJ) introduce competing amendments to National Defense Authorization Act to sanction Central Bank of Iran (CBI) November 17 -18, 2011
    Obama Administration issues new Iran sanctions and names Iran/CBI "jurisdiction of primary laundering concern" possibly setting stage for future CBI designation November 22, 2011
    Kirk and Menendez resolutions combined into one amendment to the National Defense Authorization Act **(see below for details on new amendment)
    November 28, 2011
    Senate amends Defense Authorization to include combined Kirk/Menendez Central Bank sanctions amendment November 30, 2011
    House and Senate send final Defense Authorization with potential CBI sanctions to President Obama  Expected mid-December 2011
    Estimated date of enactment of National Defense Authorization Act Expected January 1, 2012

    **New compromise Kirk/Menendez amendment requires the President to sanction Iran's Central Bank and to issue petroleum-related sanctions six months after enactment.

    Resources:Watch: What's at Stake

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    Related News: 

    Outlawing diplomacy with Iran comes with dangerous repercussions

    For a bill being sold as a last best alternative to military confrontation, H.R.1905 sets a destructive precedent that will silence our diplomats, endanger our troops, and dangerously intensify the danger of war with Iran.

    Joint Letter Calls for Congress to Oppose Legal Restrictions on Iran Diplomacy

    NIAC and twenty-five leading Jewish-American, arms control, human rights, democracy, and pro-peace organizations sent a letter to Members of Congress calling for them to oppose or demand removal of a provision in new Iran sanctions legislation that would place restrictions on diplomatic contact between U.S. and Iranian officials.

    NIAC Statement on Iran Sanctions Vote in Senate

    The Senate voted today to further punish the Iranian people, to entrench the regime, to punish the U.S. and its allies, and to pave the pathway to war.

    Senate Passes Sanctions Despite White House Objections

    Despite strong opposition from Obama Administration officials, the Senate unanimously passed legislation to force the President to impose sanctions on countries and companies that do business with Iran's central bank or purchase Iranian oil.

    Administration expresses “strong opposition” to Senate’s proposed Iran sanctions

    Treasury Secretary Tim Geithner sent a letter to the Senate to “express the Administration’s strong opposition” to a proposed amendment that would impose sanctions on countries and entities that deal with the Central Bank of Iran, Bank Markazi.

    Experts Cast Doubt on Iran Sanctions Strategy

    Speaking at the Brookings Institution, President Obama's National Security Advisor touted increased sanctions against Iran, but experts said the sanctions largely punished ordinary Iranians and have united political factions in Iran.

    New Indiscriminate Iran Sanctions Will Punish Ordinary People
    Monday, November 21, 2011
    By: NIAC Press Release

    Today's actions are another tragic example of how our broad economic sanctions against Iran punish ordinary people for the actions of the Iranian regime.

    U.S. Officials Warn that New Sanctions Could be a "Boon" to Iran
    Tuesday, November 15, 2011
    By: NIAC Staff - News

    U.S. officials warned Members of Congress at a House Oversight Subcommittee hearing that new Iran sanctions proposed in Congress could raise the price of oil and hurt the U.S. and its allies while benefitting Iran.

    The Iranian-American Game of Chicken
    Monday, November 14, 2011
    By: Reza Marashi - Analysis

    An increasingly dangerous cycle of miscalculation, misunderstanding and escalation has fostered an Iranian government view that time is on its side.

    Marginalized Diplomacy Will End in Conflict
    Monday, November 14, 2011
    By: Trita Parsi - Opinion

    Only sixteen months after the last United Nations Security Council sanctions resolution on Iran was passed, which was supposed to "bring Iran back to the negotiating table," Washington is once again upping the ante.

    On Iran, Obama Faces Wrath of Congress and the Pro-War Lobby
    Tuesday, November 1, 2011
    By: Jamal Abdi - Opinion

    The "Iran Threat Reduction Act" would actually make it illegal for a U.S. official to speak to Iranian officials unless the President issues a special waiver and provides Congress a 15-day heads up.

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