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LoBiondo to Clinton: Enforce Iran Sanctions Act

February 23, 2010

Frank LoBiondo

 Frank LoBiondo joined  Mark Kirk (R-Ill.) and Ron Klein (D-Fla.) and 27 other members of Congress who co-signed a letter to Secretary Clinton seeking the identity of companies currently under investigation by the State Department for alleged violations of the Iran Sanctions Act.   You can read Congressman Mark Kirk’s statement by clicking here

 

The Iran Sanctions Act authorizes sanctions against foreign companies that invest more than $20 million in Iran’s oil and gas sectors.  The non partisan Congressional Research Service (CRS) issued a report that identified potential corporations that were in violation of the law. 

In October of 2009 50 members of Congress wrote to the Administration requesting full enforcement of the  Iran Sanctions Act. In response to the congressional inquiry,  the Administration advised that the State Department had concluded its review of the companies listed in the CRS report, and is now examining companies it deems “problematic.” 

Congressman LoBiondo continues to be a passionate advocate of a strong national defense and tight border security.  His priorities of job creation, economic development, and national security serve South Jersey well. 

A copy of the letter to Secretary Clinton along with its co-signers is below.  

The Honorable Hillary Rodham Clinton 

Secretary of State 

U.S. Department of State 

2201 C Street, NW 

Washington, DC 20520 

To Secretary Clinton,
We write in response to a letter, dated February 1, from Assistant Secretary Verma, about the State Department’s ongoing investigation of potential violations of the Iran Sanctions Act of 1996 (ISA).  As you know, on October 20, 2009, fifty members of Congress wrote to the President, transmitting a report by the non-partisan Congressional Research Service (CRS), indicating that a number of foreign firms are likely in violation of U.S. law under the ISA.  The October 20th letter urged the Administration to fully enforce the ISA and officially determine if the entities listed in the CRS report were indeed in violation of US law. 

 
As indicated by Mr. Verma in his February 1st letter, Assistant Secretary of State Jeffrey Feltman testified before the House Foreign Affairs Committee on October 28, 2009 that the Department would conduct a 45-day preliminary review of firms that violated the ISA.  As we understand from the letter, this preliminary review concluded and the Department is now examining companies it deems “problematic.”  We ask you to disclose those companies that are under investigation and request that a relevant State Department official brief us on your findings. 

We sincerely appreciate that you understand the urgency that this assessment requires. We welcome the Administration’s indications that it plans to use every available tool to ensure that Iran does not get a nuclear weapon.  We support the President’s message in his State of the Union on January 27, 2010, when he warned of “growing consequences” if Iran’s leaders reject their obligations under the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty. We further believe that if firms are violating U.S. law, there must be consequences. 

Given Iran’s intransigence and the support these companies provide to the Iranians, we urge you to fully enforce the Iran Sanctions Act and levy appropriate sanctions against companies who have violated U.S. law. 
We look forward to working with you on this matter.
Kindest regards, 

Mark Steven Kirk (R-IL) 

Ron Klein (D-FL) 

Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-FL) 

Steve Israel (D-NY) 

Dan Burton (R-IN) 

Steve Rothman (D-NJ) 

Mike Castle (R-DE) 

James A. Himes (D-CT) 

Frank LoBiondo (R-NJ) 

Heath Shuler (D-NC) 

Jerry Moran (R-KS) 

Anthony Weiner (D-NY) 

Leonard Lance (R-NJ) 

Gary C. Peters (D-MI) 

John Boozman (R-AR) 

Michael E. McMahon (D-NY) 

Sue Myrick (R-NC) 

John Hall (D-NY) 

Aaron Schock (R-IL) 

Dina Titus (D-NV) 

John Campbell (R-CA) 

Shelley Berkley (D-NV) 

John Linder (R-GA) 

Paul Hodes (D-NH) 

Frank R. Wolf (R-VA) 

Walt Minnick (D-ID) 

Bob Inglis (R-SC) 

Roy Blunt (R-MO) 

Mike Rogers (R-MI) 

Rodney Alexander (R-LA)

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