Last month, the International Atomic Energy Agency’s
(IAEA) released a report providing confirmation that Iran is closing in on the
capability to produce nuclear weapons. This report is a wake-up call that the
United States must strengthen efforts to thwart Iran’s nuclear
The Iran Threat Reduction Act of 2011 (H.R. 1905),
authored by House Foreign Affairs Committee Chairwoman Ileana Ros-Lehtinen
(R-FL) and Ranking Member Howard Berman (D-CA), would add significant new
sanctions to our diplomatic arsenal. The bipartisan legislation would impose
tough new sanctions on Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC), as well
as mandate sanctions on Iran's Central Bank -- a key facilitator of Iran's
nuclear weapons program.
The bill would also, for the first time, enshrine in
law that it is U.S. policy to prevent Iran from obtaining nuclear weapons, would
escalate the level of sanctions against the regime’s human rights violators, and
tighten the enforcement of existing sanctions law.
H.R. 1905 is currently scheduled to come
before the House for a vote tomorrow. Therefore, we ask for your
assistance with contacting your Representative to urge them to vote in favor of
this bill when it comes to the floor of the House of Representatives
A. Enter your zip code on the top right of the
following website to locate the name and phone number of your representative: http://www.house.gov
B. Call your Representative’s office and ask them
Cosponsor H.R. 1905, if they have not already done
Vote for the bill when it comes to the House
To view the text of this bill, please click here. To view the list of
Representatives who have already cosponsored this bill, please click here.
Key talking points:
The IAEA report released in November makes clear
that Iran's nuclear enrichment activities are not intended for peaceful
Once Iran possesses the capability to quickly
produce nuclear weapons, it will likely be more aggressive in its support for
terror and brutal in its repression of domestic dissent.
Sanctions have helped disrupt Tehran’s nuclear
program while making the regime face increasing costs for ignoring Iran’s
international obligations. Nonetheless, most experts today believe that Iran is
at most only one to two years away from a nuclear weapons
This new legislation will tighten sanctions on
Iran’s financial system, on the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps, and on
Iranian violators of human rights.