Vote to Link Sanctions to Israel, Prisoners Fails
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) put forward legislation this week that would have prevented the Obama Administration from lifting economic sanctions on Iran unless that regime first recognized the nation of Israel and released the American citizens, including Pastor Saeed Abedini, whom it has unjustly imprisoned. Leader McConnell stated, “The President has so far resisted linking his deal — a deal that fails to end Iran’s enrichment program, while leaving it as an American-recognized nuclear threshold state — to other aspects of Iran’s conduct. But linkage is appropriate, and in this negotiation would have been wise.” In support of his point, he added, “Senators say they understand the importance of standing up for an ally like Israel in a dangerous region, and the Senate voted unanimously just a few months ago in calling for Iranian leaders to release those Americans.” Unfortunately, when put to a vote, Senator McConnell’s amendment was thwarted, as all but one Senate Democrat (Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV)) chose to stand against it.
By Aaron Mercer, Vice President of Government Relations
Published: September 18, 2015