Six U.S. Senators have written to Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid and Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell asking for Senate action on several bipartisan bills that would strengthen the Obama Administration’s position on Iran.
The Senators writing the letter include Lindsey Graham – a Republican from South Carolina, Evan Bayh – a Democrat from Indiana, Saxby Chambliss – a Georgia Republican, Bob Casey – Democrat from Pennsylvania, Joe Lieberman – an Independent from Connecticut, and John McCain – an Arizona Republican.
“Nothing could be more destabilizing than a nuclear armed Iran.” Wrote the senators, “While we are hopeful that the recent talks between Iran and the United States and our allies will yield positive results, we believe that Congressional action can aid the President and send the right signals to the Iranian regime and our allies.”
The proposed bills include:
– the Iran Refined Petroleum Sanctions Act, which gives the President explicit authority to target Iran’s dependence on imported petroleum products.
– the Iran Sanctions Enabling Act, preventing investment in companies with investments of $20 million or more in Iran’s energy sector.
– the Reduce Iranian Cyber-Suppression Act, prohibiting the United States government from doing business with companies that sell technologies to the Iranian government that limit free speech of the Iranian people.
“The hearings held by the banking Committee sent a powerful signal that support exists in the Senate for a strong sanctions and swift action,” the letter read, “The president should have the ability to impose sanctions on Iran as soon as he chooses to do so.”