Rubio Joins Hagerty, Colleagues to Require Congressional Vote Before Any Iran Sanctions Relief Is Granted
Washington, D.C. — U.S. Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL) joined Senator Bill Hagerty (R-TN) and colleagues in introducing the Iran Sanctions Relief Review Act of 2021, legislation that would enable Congress to approve—or block—any Administration effort to suspend or terminate U.S. sanctions against the Iranian regime. It builds on a 2017 bipartisan law that empowers Congress to vote to support or block Russian sanctions relief, and applies identical congressional review procedure to any future Iran sanctions relief. In effect, the legislation would prevent the Administration from rolling back sanctions in exchange for advancing negotiations or reentering the deal without first securing strong congressional support.
“President Biden is desperately trying to re-enter a failed deal and provide sanctions relief to the Iranian regime even as Iranian-backed forces attack Americans in Iraq,” Rubio said. “Khamenei cannot be trusted to honor international agreements and Republicans will not accept a poorly conceived deal that plays into the hands of the Iranians.”
In addition to Rubio and Hagerty, Senators John Barrasso (R-WY), Marsha Blackburn (R-TN), Roy Blunt (R-MO), Shelly Moore Capito (R-WV), John Cornyn (R-TX), Tom Cotton (R-AR), Kevin Cramer (R-ND), Joni Ernst (R-IA), Josh Hawley (R-MO), John Hoeven (R-ND), Cindy Hyde-Smith (R-MS), Ron Johnson (R-WI), John Kennedy (R-LA), James Lankford (R-OK), Cynthia Lummis (R-WY), Roger Marshall (R-KS), Ben Sasse (R-NE), Thom Tillis (R-NC), and Todd Young (R-IN) cosponsored the legislation.