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house Bill H.R. 6297

Does Congress Need to Reauthorize Sanctions on Iran?

Argument in favor

The U.S. needs to keep pressure on Iran to ensure that it continues to abide by the nuclear agreement. Keeping these sanctions in place as they’re currently structured will also give Iran a financial reason to stop supporting terrorism.

Michael's Opinion
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11/16/2016
The Iran Deal dealt with the sanctions against Iran specifically for their nuclear program. This bill keeps sanctions on that were imposed due to their support of terrorism/human rights violations and threatening countries with military force (not NECESSARILY nuclear threats). It makes sense to keep these sanctions on until they address the concerns for which the sanctions were imposed.
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Loraki's Opinion
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11/16/2016
Someone pointed out that the sanctions hurt the Iranian people more than their government. Well, maybe it will motivate the Iranians to OVERTHROW their government in favor of a more democratic system that will allow greater FREEDOM for the people!
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Audge's Opinion
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12/01/2016
Glad this passed. Literally 1 person opposed this deal in the 500+ member congress. This bill merely grants authority (that we've had since '96) to sanction. It does NOT give new sanctions. 0 reason to vote nay--this is precatory and comes with 0 costs to us. Why not give ourselves the ability to do something if Iran reneges? Dispute whether or not sanctions are warranted when that vote comes.
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Argument opposed

Congress is jeopardizing the Iran nuclear deal by reauthorizing these sanctions. While this bill is only a reauthorization and doesn’t tack on new sanctions, it will undermine whatever goodwill currently exists between the U.S. and Iran.

Alexander-Erickson's Opinion
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11/15/2016
The Iranian Government has been faithful to the deal which has been almost universally praised by experts in the field. We should not go back down a path toward conflict when a diplomatic option is already in place.
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Kimberly's Opinion
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11/15/2016
Iran is following through on their side of the bargain. In an effort to try to normalize relations we have to take this first step.
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Chris's Opinion
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11/16/2016
We need to build the good will of the Iranian people. Sanctions and other hardline tactics play into the hands of extremists who want to paint us as the bad guys and persuade people to join their cause.
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  • EnactedDecember 15th, 2016
    The President signed this bill into law
  • The senate Passed December 1st, 2016
    Roll Call Vote 99 Yea / 0 Nay
  • The house Passed November 15th, 2016
    Roll Call Vote 419 Yea / 1 Nay
      house Committees
      Committee on Financial Services
      Committee on Foreign Affairs
      Committee on Oversight and Reform
      Committee on the Judiciary
      Immigration and Citizenship
      Committee on Ways and Means
    IntroducedNovember 14th, 2016

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    The Iran Deal dealt with the sanctions against Iran specifically for their nuclear program. This bill keeps sanctions on that were imposed due to their support of terrorism/human rights violations and threatening countries with military force (not NECESSARILY nuclear threats). It makes sense to keep these sanctions on until they address the concerns for which the sanctions were imposed.
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    The Iranian Government has been faithful to the deal which has been almost universally praised by experts in the field. We should not go back down a path toward conflict when a diplomatic option is already in place.
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    Iran is following through on their side of the bargain. In an effort to try to normalize relations we have to take this first step.
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    We need to build the good will of the Iranian people. Sanctions and other hardline tactics play into the hands of extremists who want to paint us as the bad guys and persuade people to join their cause.
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    Someone pointed out that the sanctions hurt the Iranian people more than their government. Well, maybe it will motivate the Iranians to OVERTHROW their government in favor of a more democratic system that will allow greater FREEDOM for the people!
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    It's clear that Republicans are delighted to own the government. Nevertheless, could you act like grown-ups long enough not to blow up the world? I wasn't aware the extent to which I am an expendable citizen until Paul Ryan announced his intention to destroy Medicare and, by extension, to make health care so unaffordable as to be unavailable to older Americans. Be that as it may, I would like to not die in a nuclear war facilitated by the idiocy of the misguided conservative understanding of international politics. We have an agreement with Iran that is working. It would be a darlin' thing if exalted Members of Congress could pass this particular wall without peeing on it. (That means YOU, Rep DeSantis & Sen Rubio!)
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    If you increase sanctions the hardliners in Iran will have justification to beat the moderates over there leading to more war!
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    Don't be stupid
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    Glad this passed. Literally 1 person opposed this deal in the 500+ member congress. This bill merely grants authority (that we've had since '96) to sanction. It does NOT give new sanctions. 0 reason to vote nay--this is precatory and comes with 0 costs to us. Why not give ourselves the ability to do something if Iran reneges? Dispute whether or not sanctions are warranted when that vote comes.
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    Trust but verify. While we must monitor Iran closely, we should give the nuclear deal a chance. This is not a time for partisan BS. Our president-elect poses a far greater threat than Iran. God bless America!
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    The sanctions haven't worked. How are the moderates in Iran ever going to win ground? A full blown revolt isn't going to happen.
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    Iran isn't a bad country they just don't want to sell their oil in US dollars. Naturally we have a problem with that and don't want a country to be prosperous selling oil in Euros and gold
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    We need to keep our word.
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    Yea. Sure. Whatever. Now what? One word- BACKBONE
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    Iran has proven itself to be untrustworthy. A deal requires cooperation from all sides
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    They have known ties to terrorist groups. They need the flow of money to be cut off so they stop funding them
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    A complete blockade would be better.
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    The sanctions have been working and we should allow them to continue. While I would not advocate for a military conflict in the Middle East, sanctions are a way that the US can continue to be a world leader in limiting the rise of terrorist groups and states with nuclear arms.
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    Sanctions should be reauthorized but less harsh to show goodwill and not jeopardize the nuclear deal
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    Sanctions are tyrannical.
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