Rosen, Lee Introduce Bipartisan, Bicameral Bill to Solidify U.S. Sanctions on Iran

Bill Would Make Permanent The Iran Sanctions Act Of 1996, Allowing The President To Keep Imposing Sanctions On Iran’s Energy Sector If They Continue Nuclear Enrichment Toward A Weapons-Grade Level

WASHINGTON, DC – U.S. Senator Jacky Rosen (D-NV) and Congresswoman Susie Lee (NV-03) joined their colleagues in the Senate and House of Representatives in introducing the Solidify Iran Sanctions Act (SISA) to make permanent the Iran Sanctions Act of 1996. This bipartisan legislation would keep in place provisions allowing the President to impose sanctions on Iran’s energy sectors by removing sunset provisions from the original Act. The bill sends a strong signal that the U.S. remains committed to holding Iran accountable for its malign actions. 

“Sanctions have been critical in holding Iran accountable for its destabilizing actions, including support for terrorist proxies,” said Senator Rosen. “With Iran closer than ever to a nuclear weapon, I’m proud to join my colleagues in introducing bipartisan legislation that applies pressure on the Iranian regime.”

“Despite efforts by the United States and our allies to improve regional stability and cooperation in the Middle East, Iran, a supporter and exporter of terrorism, threatens not only its neighbors, but global stability overall. That’s why I’m helping introduce bipartisan, bicameral legislation to ensure the United States retains the full sanctions authority we need to protect Americans and our allies and to check Iran’s belligerent activities across the globe. Regardless of political party, Congress must stand firm against the Iranian regime’s brutal repression of its own people, its funding of terrorism abroad, and its reckless pursuit of nuclear weapons,” said Congresswoman Lee. 

“The Solidifying Iran Sanction Act is an important bipartisan effort to solidify critical sanctions on the Iranian regime at a time when Tehran is dangerously advancing its nuclear program and targeting U.S. troops,” said American Israel Public Affairs Committee.

Alongside Rosen and Lee, the Solidify Iran Sanction Act was introduced by Senators Tim Scott (R-SC), Maggie Hassan (D-NH), and Bill Hagerty (R-TN), in addition to Rep. Michelle Steel (R-CA) and Rep. Michael McCaul, the Chairman of the House Committee on Foreign Affairs.

As a co-founder and co-chair of the Senate Abraham Accords Caucus, Senator Rosen has taken a leading role in Congress in working to hold Iran accountable for its malign actions. Last week, Senator Rosen introduced the Maritime Architecture and Response to International Terrorism in the Middle East (MARITIME) Act to counter maritime threats posed by Iran in the Middle East. Earlier this year, Rosen pushed the Biden Administration to respond to increased Iranian aggression and protect American servicemembers in the wake of an Iranian-backed militia attack on a U.S. base in Syria.