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Your Senators Can Help Protect the Iran Deal

By Kate Gould, May 22, 2017

After two big victories for diplomacy, the Iran deal is still under threat from sanctions legislation. Show your senators the strength of the pro-diplomacy constituency by taking action today.

Two big victories for the Iran deal to celebrate! Iran’s pro-deal President Rouhani won re-election. And earlier, the Trump administration signed off for the first time on renewing waivers of U.S. sanctions against Iran, as required under the Iran deal.

At the same time, the Iran deal is still under threat - and you can help protect it. President Trump continued saber-rattling against Iran in his speech yesterday in Saudi Arabia, and with the administration’s military escalation across the region, the risk of broader U.S.-Iranian confrontation looms large.

Protect Diplomacy

Urge your Senators to oppose a sanctions bill that would undermine the Iran nuclear deal

Take Action

Your senators can play a crucial role in de-escalating with Iran. This week, the Senate Foreign Relations Committee is expected to consider a new sanctions bill (S. 722) that would undermine the Iran deal and risk broader confrontation with Iran. The full Senate is expected to vote on the bill in the coming weeks.

Will you urge your senators to oppose more saber-rattling with Iran? Last week, Ambassador Wendy Sherman, the lead U.S. negotiator for the Iran deal, spoke out against the bill saying “I oppose this legislation. Categorically.” She noted: “Why risk the (Iran deal) for a bill that does nothing that is going to arguably undermine [it]? It is just not worth it.”

Thanks in no small part to the outpouring of grassroots support for the Iran deal from people like you, there continues to be tremendous pressure on the Trump administration to adhere to the Iran deal. Considering President Trump said as candidate that dismantling the Iran deal was his “number one priority,” the fact that the Iran deal is still intact is truly something to celebrate.

Please urge your senators to oppose new sanctions that would undermine the Iran deal and risk broader confrontation with Iran. We heard from various Senate offices that they are tracking constituent correspondence on this bill very closely, so we hope you will weigh in and show them the strength of the pro-diplomacy constituency in your state.

Background New Iran Sanctions Risk Putting U.S. on War Path with Iran  

The Senate is considering a new Iran sanctions bill (S. 722) that would put the Iran nuclear deal in jeopardy and risk putting the U.S. on path toward war with Iran.

Update Security Leaders warn IRGC Designation Paves Path to War with Iran 

The proposal, embedded in pending Iran sanctions legislation S. 722, to designate Iran’s Revolutionary Guard Corps as a foreign terrorist organization, could endanger U.S. troops in Iraq, imperil efforts against the Islamic State, and put the Iran nuclear deal, and peace with Iran, on thin ice.

Background Countering Iran's Destabilizing Activities Act: According to the Experts 

This J Street resource on Iran sanctions bill S. 722 cites diplomacy and national security experts who oppose the most dangerous provisions of the bill. Experts explain why they oppose the broad and mandatory sanctions (Section 4), the designation of the IRGC as a terrorist organization (Section 5), and interference with Iran deal transition day obligations (Section 8).

Background Analysis: Sanctions Bill Poses Risk for Iran Deal 

Sanctions experts at the Arms Control Association explain the risk to the Iran deal posed by new Iran sanctions legislation S. 722. The ACA explains, "If this bill becomes law, it could threaten the ongoing implementation of the nuclear deal, which is successfully blocking Iran’s pathways to nuclear weapons."

Kate Gould

  • Legislative Director, Middle East Policy

Kate Gould is FCNL's Legislative Director for Middle East Policy. Kate is one of only a handful of registered lobbyists in Washington, D.C. working to advance human rights objectives and support diplomatic solutions to resolve disputes between the U.S. and Iran and the conflicts in Syria, Iraq, Yemen and Israel/Palestine.