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senate Bill S. 269

If Nuclear Plan Negotiations Don't Pan Out, Should The U.S. Impose More Sanctions On Iran?

Argument in favor

The negotiations with Iran have dragged on for too long. If the U.S. doesn’t tighten its sanctions on Iran, the negotiations may last forever with no clear solutions in sight. The more time we take, the more time Iran has to develop nuclear weapons.

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09/09/2015
"I will stop Iran from getting nuclear weapons. And we won't be using a man like Secretary Kerry that has absolutely no concept of negotiation.. who is making a horrible and laughable deal. Who is just being tapped along as they make weapons right now and then goes into a bicycle race at 72 years old and falls and breaks his leg. I promise you I won't being doing that and I promise that I'll never be in a bicycle race. That I can tell you."
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09/09/2015
"We have got to do everything we can do to reach an agreement to ensure that Iran does not get a nuclear weapon without having to go to war." [sanders.senate.gov]
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05/25/2015
"If Iran cheats and goes for a nuclear weapon – every option we have to respond to this threat today remains on the table."
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Argument opposed

It is not confirmed whether or not Iran is pursuing a nuclear weapons program; yet the U.S. continues to impose sanctions on Iran that negatively affect innocent Iranian citizens. Moreover, rushing negotiations could hurt the progress we’ve made so far.

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03/06/2015
If any "group" needs sanctions- it's Wall Street, banks and the Federal Reserve. They have collectively destroyed more lives than nukes have.
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SelinaMeyer's Opinion
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03/04/2015
What? There is no rift. It was one tiny little disagreement and everyone's making it out like we had a catfight in the map room or something.
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03/06/2015
no its not are fight. the USA needs to stop acting like we're god.
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What is Senate Bill S. 269?

This bill would impose additional economic sanctions on Iran if current international negotiations on Iran’s nuclear program do not yield a final deal by June 30, 2015. Sanctions would be implemented only if the negotiations fail to produce a deal by the deadline.


The new sanctions would:

  • abolish existing loopholes in current petroleum sanctions; 
  • strengthen sanctions on Iran’s oil trade and financial transactions;
  • impose further sanctions on Iran’s senior government officials and other individuals for assisting in the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction (WMDs) or sponsoring terrorism; 
  • tighten around Iran’s shipbuilding, automotive, construction, engineering and mining sectors.


Iran is currently negotiating with six major powers (U.S., U.K., China, France, Russia, and Germany) on reaching a comprehensive deal in which Iran could continue a peaceful nuclear energy program, and the international community could rest assured that Iran is not developing nuclear weapons. The original deadline to reach a deal was July 20, 2014. When a deal could not be reached by that date, it was subsequently extended until November 24, 2014, then extended again to June 30, 2015.

Impact

Iranian citizens, Iranian-American citizens, their families, the U.S. economy, Iran’s economy, diplomatic relations between Iran and the U.S., and the global oil market.

Cost of Senate Bill S. 269

A CBO cost estimate is unavailable.

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In Depth:

Additionally, the bill:

  • Increases congressional oversight of the U.S./Iran negotiations and requires the Administration to formally submit any new nuclear agreement text or extension to Congress within five days. 

  • Gives Congress 30 days to review any nuclear agreement before the President can waive, defer, or suspend sanctions. 

  • States that the President can only waive sanctions if it is necessary to do so in the interest of U.S. national security, or if such a waiver would make a long-term comprehensive solution with Iran more likely. 

  • States that if there is no final agreement by July 6, 2015, this bill would re-impose sanctions that have been waived while the negotiations have been ongoing, which would begin in August and run through December. 


Of Note:

Iran is a non-nuclear weapon state party to the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT). The country has an advanced, fast-growing nuclear program that it proclaims to be peaceful in nature. Iran failed to report substantial parts of its program to the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), and insists on fully developing the nuclear fuel. This has led to international diplomatic pressure and sanctions, as many countries worry that Iran is secretly attempting to develop nuclear weapons.


Media:

Sponsoring Rep. Mark Kirtk (R-IL) Press Release

The Hill

Fox News

NIA Council

(Photo Credit: Flickr user IAEA Imagebank

AKA

Nuclear Weapon Free Iran Act of 2015

Official Title

A bill to expand sanctions imposed with respect to Iran and to impose additional sanctions with respect to Iran, and for other purposes.

bill Progress


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  • The house has not voted
  • The senate has not voted
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      Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs
    IntroducedJanuary 27th, 2015
    "I will stop Iran from getting nuclear weapons. And we won't be using a man like Secretary Kerry that has absolutely no concept of negotiation.. who is making a horrible and laughable deal. Who is just being tapped along as they make weapons right now and then goes into a bicycle race at 72 years old and falls and breaks his leg. I promise you I won't being doing that and I promise that I'll never be in a bicycle race. That I can tell you."
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    If any "group" needs sanctions- it's Wall Street, banks and the Federal Reserve. They have collectively destroyed more lives than nukes have.
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    "We have got to do everything we can do to reach an agreement to ensure that Iran does not get a nuclear weapon without having to go to war." [sanders.senate.gov]
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    "If Iran cheats and goes for a nuclear weapon – every option we have to respond to this threat today remains on the table."
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    "When this agreement is implemented and... we've got inspectors on the ground and it becomes clear that Iran in fact is abiding by this agreement, then attitudes will change, because people will recognize that, in fact, whatever parade of horribles was presented in opposition have not come true." [npr.org]
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    Definitely. Iran should be "motivated" to abandon nuclear weapons research forever.
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    "Existing sanctions for Iran's sponsorship of terrorism and human rights abuses will remain in place, and we must continue to work with the international community to counter Iran's dangerous behavior." [warren.senate.gov]
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    What? There is no rift. It was one tiny little disagreement and everyone's making it out like we had a catfight in the map room or something.
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    “I will terminate that deal. I will put in place crippling economic sanctions on Iran, and I will convince our allies to do the same.” Read more at http://www.nytimes.com/politics/first-draft/2015/07/14/scott-walker-says-he-would-kill-iran-deal-and-seek-crippling-sanctions/
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    If they don't want to play, they should suffer the consequences. I say impose sanctions until Iran bends to our will.
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    Add another star to the flag cure everything
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    no its not are fight. the USA needs to stop acting like we're god.
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    Maryland had “passed some of the earliest and strongest sanctions against Iranian nuclear development of any state in the nation,” [jpupdates.com]
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    The President's nuclear deal is a disaster, and Iran will violate it in a heartbeat. We should impose as many sanctions as possible, because allowing them to receive billions of dollars that they will use to further their nuclear programs endangers both America and our friend and ally Israel.
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    Regardless of any Previous agreements with Iran and our Muslim Brotherhood Terrorist and Chief, American need to economically freeze Iran, inspect any and all Iranian territory at will.
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    Do we want Iran to have more time to prepare terrorists and produce more nuclear weapons, no......
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    Really?you trust these people??SMH
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    “should pass bills to reinstate sanctions in advance if negotiations fail and require approval if an agreement is reached.” Read more at http://thinkprogress.org/world/2015/02/18/3624417/oops-trying-attack-obama-jeb-bush-also-criticizes-brother/
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    We know the philosophy of these Islamic worshipers. They have doctrines that allows them to destroy countries that don't believe the way they do. That's called slavery. Don't let them make a nuclear bomb!
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    Of course, BO would like to reward our enemies, or simply evade any confrontation. I am not a war monger, but that White House POS has threatened our ONLY reliable Middle East ally without concern that Israel is threatened on all sides and has been determined suitable for extinction by islamic governments, including Iran. Shouldn't Israel have the right to take pre-emptive strikes for self-defense? However, BO has obviated his hatred for Israel and all Jews and his preference for anti-West, anti-female, anti-US, anti-freedom muslims throughout the world. I am sure, however, that John Kerry and other government males don't care about their wives, mothers, daughters, and all other female relatives and friends. They too, mirroring BO, have presented only butt-kissing actions to our enemies.
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