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Parallel House, Senate bipartisan bills seek to maintain sanctions on Iran

Rep. Michelle Steel and Sen. Tim Scott are leading efforts to counter the Islamic regime’s nuclear ambitions.

New-generation centrifuges on display in Tehran during Iran's National Nuclear Energy Day, April 10, 2021. Credit: Iranian Presidency Office/WANA.
New-generation centrifuges on display in Tehran during Iran's National Nuclear Energy Day, April 10, 2021. Credit: Iranian Presidency Office/WANA.

The Iran Sanctions Act, which passed in 1996, is set to expire in 2026, but not if bipartisan groups in both houses of Congress can help it.

On April 28, Rep. Michelle Steel (R-Calif.) and 24 co-sponsors (eight of them Democrats) introduced H.R. 3033, “To repeal the sunset provision of the Iran Sanctions Act of 1996, and for other purposes.”

On May 1, Sen. Tim Scott (R-S.C.) and three co-sponsors (two of them Democrats) introduced S.1390, with the same purpose.

“Iran has made clear it has no interest in participating in the international community or working towards peace. Iran brutalizes its own people, most recently conducting chemical attacks on thousands of schoolgirls,” stated Steel.

“The rogue state continues to make threats against democracy and actively sponsors terrorism around the world,” she added. “Through this bipartisan, bicameral legislation, we can prevent Iran from possessing nuclear weapons and further jeopardizing global peace.”

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