Senate Could Renew Iran Sanctions Act For Potential “Snap Back”

Posted September 18, 2015 at 5:00am

“With the nuclear deal all but guaranteed to survive Congress, a fight over sanctions legislation is shaping up to be the next political Iran scuffle,” according to The Hill .  

“Sens. Robert Menendez (D-N.J.) and Mark Kirk (R-Ill.) have introduced legislation that would extend the Iran Sanctions Act, set to expire in 2016, through 2026. The bipartisan proposal formally only has one additional supporter, Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.). However, senators on both sides of the aisle, including Democrats who are supporting the Iran deal, have suggested that they would support extending the Iran Sanctions Act.”  

“Supporters of the law, which includes sanctions targeting Iran’s nuclear program, argue that Congress should pass an extension so that sanctions can be “snapped back” if Iran violates the agreement. While the administration hasn’t specifically said it would veto an extension of the Iran Sanctions Act, top officials — including Treasury Secretary Jacob Lew — have voiced strong skepticism about legislation.”