Bennet Votes to Extend Iran Sanctions Act

Bill passed by vote of 99 to 0

Washington, D.C. - Colorado U.S. Senator Michael Bennet released the following statement after Thursday's passage of a bill to reauthorize the Iran Sanctions Act by a vote of 99 to 0.

"The overwhelmingly bipartisan vote shows the world that Congress remains steadfast in preventing Iran from obtaining a nuclear weapon," Bennet said. "Extension of the Iran Sanctions Act ensures the United States can effectively re-impose sanctions, consistent with the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action, should Iran violate the agreement."

The Iran Sanctions Act of 1996 is set to expire on December 31, 2016.

In 2015, Bennet joined Senator Ben Cardin (D-MD), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, along with Senators Richard Blumenthal (D-CT), Ron Wyden (D-OR), Chris Coons (D-DE), Chuck Schumer (D-NY), Mark Warner (D-VA), Cory Booker (D-NJ), and Brian Schatz (D-HI) to introduce the Iran Policy Oversight Act of 2015, a bill that builds upon the bipartisan commitment to oversight outlined in the Iran Nuclear Agreement Review Act of 2015 that passed the U.S. Senate 98 to 1. The bill included a regional security strategy for the Middle East and authorized additional security assistance for Israel.