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senate Bill S. 722

Expanding Sanctions on Iran for its Ballistic Missile Program and Russia for its Electoral Meddling (Among Other Things)

Argument in favor

This bill would sanction Iran for its ballistic missile program, support for terrorism, and violating the UN arms embargo without violating the nuclear agreement. Russia needs to be punished for its meddling in elections, aggression in Ukraine & Crimea, and its support for Syrian tyrant Bashar Assad.

Zachary's Opinion
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06/08/2017
However, it seems like we only care about human rights violations when it's politically convenient. Show that we don't just care about the middle east because of oil and help those in Africa whose genitals are being mutliated for purity reasons, oppose persecution of gay people in Chechenya, etc
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Loraki's Opinion
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06/09/2017
S.722 - Countering Iran's Destabilizing Activities Act of 2017 - To impose sanctions with respect to Iran in relation to Iran’s ballistic missile program, support for acts of international terrorism, and violations of human rights, and for other purposes. Text of bill: https://www.congress.gov/115/bills/s722/BILLS-115s722rs.pdf Sponsor: Sen. Corker, Bob [R-TN] GOP & RINO Cosponsors: Sen. Rubio, Marco [R-FL]* Sen. Cotton, Tom [R-AR]* Sen. Cruz, Ted [R-TX]* Sen. Risch, James E. [R-ID]* Sen. Sullivan, Dan [R-AK]* Sen. Young, Todd C. [R-IN]* Sen. Inhofe, James M. [R-OK] Sen. Collins, Susan M. [R-ME] Sen. Moran, Jerry [R-KS] Sen. Wicker, Roger F. [R-MS] Sen. Alexander, Lamar [R-TN] Sen. Boozman, John [R-AR] Sen. Toomey, Pat [R-PA] Sen. Capito, Shelley Moore [R-WV] Sen. Roberts, Pat [R-KS] Sen. Fischer, Deb [R-NE] Sen. Hatch, Orrin G. [R-UT] Sen. Heller, Dean [R-NV] Sen. Hoeven, John [R-ND] Sen. Blunt, Roy [R-MO] Sen. Crapo, Mike [R-ID] Sen. Grassley, Chuck [R-IA] Sen. Murkowski, Lisa [R-AK] Sen. McCain, John [R-AZ] Sen. Portman, Rob [R-OH] Sen. Kennedy, John [R-LA] Sen. Flake, Jeff [R-AZ] Sen. Cassidy, Bill [R-LA] Sen. Ernst, Joni [R-IA] Sen. Cornyn, John [R-TX] Sen. Perdue, David [R-GA] Sen. Rounds, Mike [R-SD] Sen. Daines, Steve [R-MT] Sen. Gardner, Cory [R-CO] Sen. Strange, Luther [R-AL] Sen. Scott, Tim [R-SC] DemocRat & DemoCommie Cosponsors: Sen. Menendez, Robert [D-NJ]* Sen. Cardin, Benjamin L. [D-MD]* Sen. Casey, Robert P., Jr. [D-PA]* Sen. Bennet, Michael F. [D-CO]* Sen. Coons, Christopher A. [D-DE]* Sen. Blumenthal, Richard [D-CT]* Sen. Donnelly, Joe [D-IN]* Sen. Nelson, Bill [D-FL] Sen. Wyden, Ron [D-OR] Sen. Booker, Cory A. [D-NJ] Sen. Peters, Gary C. [D-MI] Sen. Klobuchar, Amy [D-MN] Sen. Stabenow, Debbie [D-MI] Sen. Manchin, Joe, III [D-WV] Sen. McCaskill, Claire [D-MO] Sen. Kaine, Tim [D-VA] Sen. Heitkamp, Heidi [D-ND] Sen. Schumer, Charles E. [D-NY] Cosponsors Who Withdrew: Sen. Cantwell, Maria [D-WA] TWO AMENDMENTS ATTACHED TO BILL: (1.) S.Amdt.220 to S.722 Sponsor: Sen. Blumenthal, Richard [D-CT] Cosponsor: Sen. Portman, Rob [R-OH]* SA 220. Mr. BLUMENTHAL (for himself and Mr. PORTMAN) submitted an amendment intended to be proposed by him to the bill S. 722, to impose sanctions with respect to Iran in relation to Iran’s ballistic missile program, support for acts of international terrorism, and violations of human rights, and for other purposes; which was ordered to lie on the table; as follows: At the end, add the following: SEC. 13. SENSE OF SENATE ON THE UNWAVERING COMMITMENT OF THE UNITED STATES TO THE NORTH ATLANTIC TREATY ORGANIZATION. Read full text: https://www.congress.gov/crec/2017/06/07/CREC-2017-06-07-pt1-PgS3339-4.pdf (2.) S.Amdt.221 to S.722 Sponsor: Sen. Barrasso, John [R-WY] Cosponsor: Sen. Markey, Edward J. [D-MA]* SA 221. Mr. BARRASSO (for himself and Mr. MARKEY) submitted an amendment intended to be proposed by him to the bill S. 722, to impose sanctions with respect to Iran in relation to Iran’s ballistic missile program, support for acts of international terrorism, and violations of human rights, and for other purposes; which was ordered to lie on the table; as follows: Add at the end the following new section: SEC. 13. UKRANIAN ENERGY SECURITY. Read full text: https://www.congress.gov/crec/2017/06/07/CREC-2017-06-07-pt1-PgS3339-4.pdf
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Mark's Opinion
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06/07/2017
Sanction Iran? As long as any country supports terrorism, they should be sanctioned to the point that the only way they can survive is through mass extermination of all the Inhuman scum, their political supporters, and any citizen, that agrees but lacks the balls to do anything.
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Argument opposed

This bill may not specifically target Iran’s nuclear program, but it would back Iran further into a corner and make nuclear compliance less likely. Expanding sanctions on Russia will only worsen the relationship between two of the world's most powerful nations, which will only make the situation worse.

TuckerWantsLiberty's Opinion
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06/07/2017
America is not at odds with Iran. America's GOVERNMENT is INEXPLICABLY at odds with Iran. AMERICA wants to know why we support Saudi Arabia for doing everything this bill points out in Iran, except they do it WITH AMERICAN TAXPAYER DOLLARS. Stop fighting Iran. Stop supporting the Saudis.
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Cynthia's Opinion
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06/07/2017
Only if you do the SAME for Saudi Arabia. They export terrorism around the globe also through their Madrassa schools.
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IllWill's Opinion
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06/07/2017
Do these politicians really think that pushing more sanctions on Iran is not going to effect the nuclear deal? It certainly will affect Iran's willingness to comply with the agreement. The United States has been selling arms to Saudi Arabia which they've been using to bomb civilians in Yemen. Should we sanction ourselves and Saudi Arabia? Saudi Arabia has also been providing support for terrorism by funding some extremist rebels in Syria and spreading Wahhabism around the world and yet they're one of our closest allies. The hypocrisy here is so clear! Our policy in the Middle East is a complete mess. We need to stop policing the world and making friends with authoritarian regimes.
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  • Not enacted
    The President has not signed this bill
  • The house has not voted
  • The senate Passed June 15th, 2017
    Roll Call Vote 98 Yea / 2 Nay
      senate Committees
      Committee on Foreign Relations
    IntroducedMarch 23rd, 2017

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What is Senate Bill S. 722?

This bill would impose new sanctions on Iran related to its ballistic missile program and support for terrorism, while also enforcing the embargo on Iranian arms sales and punishing human rights violations. Sanctions would be imposed by the president, and focus on the individuals and entities carrying out those actions. The sanctions wouldn’t be directed at Iran’s nuclear program, and as a result don’t violate the letter or spirit of the Iran nuclear agreement. It would also, through an amendment, expand sanctions on Russia for its meddling 


Iran

The bill would mandate sanctions on people who engage in or pose a risk of contributing to Iran’s ballistic missile program and those who support such persons. The Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) would be sanctioned for supporting terrorism (it’s already sanctioned for non-proliferation and human rights abuses), and people who violate the UN arms embargo against Iran. Sanctions could only be lifted on persons who supported Iran’s terrorism or ballistic missile program if they have ceased support for those activities for three months.

It would also require the Depts. of State, Defense, and Treasury to work with the Director of National Intelligence to submit a strategy every two years aimed at deterring conventional and asymmetric Iranian activities that threaten the U.S. and key allies in the Middle East, North Africa, and beyond.

Reports would be required on U.S. citizens detained by Iran and discrepancies between U.S. and European Union sanctions on Iran. The president would be authorized to waive sanctions against individuals on a case-by-case basis for up to 180 days if it’s determined to be in the national security interests of the U.S.


Russia

The amendment to the bill would make into law and strengthen existing sanctions contained in executive orders on Russia, including the sanctions' impact on Russian energy projects and on debt financing in several key economic sectors. It would also provide for a mandated congressional review if sanctions are relaxed, suspended, or terminated. 

New sanctions would be imposed on Russians involved in corruption; evading sanctions; abusing human rights; supplying weapons to the Assad regime; conducting malicious cyber activity on the Russian government's behalf; the corrupt privatization state-owned assets; and those doing business with the Russian intelligence and defense sectors. 

Additionally, new sanctions would be imposed on several sectors of Russia's economy including mining, metals, shipping, and railways. An exceptions would be made for activities involving the National Aeronautics and Space Agency (NASA), which currently relies on certain Russian-made equipment.

The amendment would also provide assistance to strengthen democratic institutions and look to counter disinformation across Central and Eastern European countries that are vulnerable to Russian aggression and interference. It would also reaffirm the importance of NATO in contributing to maintaining stability around the world.

A study on the flow of illegal finance involving Russia and a formal assessment of U.S. exposure to Russian state-owned entities would be required.

Impact

Individuals sanctioned for supporting Iran’s ballistic missile program, terrorism, arms embargo violations, or human rights abuses; the Depts. of State, Defense, and Treasury plus the Director of National Intelligence; and the President.

Cost of Senate Bill S. 722

$10.00 Million
The CBO estimates that enacting this bill would cost $10 million over the 2018-2022 period.

More Information

In-Depth: Sponsoring Sen. Bob Corker (R-TN) introduced this bill to hold Iran accountable for its ballistic missile program, support for terrorism, violations of the UN arms embargo, and human rights abuses:

“This legislation demonstrates the strong bipartisan support in Congress for a comprehensive approach to holding Iran accountable by targeting all aspects of the regime’s destabilizing actions. These steps will allow us to regain the initiative on Iran and pushback forcefully against this threat to our security and that of our allies.”

Lead cosponsor Sen. Bob Menendez (D-NJ) also praised the “spirit of bipartisanship” evident in this bill, and noted that it wouldn’t impact the Iran nuclear deal:

“This legislation was carefully crafted not to impede with the United States’ ability to live up to its commitments under the JCPOA, while still reaffirming and strengthening our resolve by imposing tough new sanctions to hold the Iranian regime accountable for threatening global and regional security. Iran's leaders must understand once and for all, that unless they change course their situation will only get worse.”

This legislation passed the Senate Foreign Relations Committee and has the support of 54 bipartisan cosponsors — including 36 Republicans, 17 Democrats, and one Independent.

 

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Summary by Eric Revell

(Photo Credit: M-ATF, from military.ir and iranmilitaryforum.net / Creative Commons)

AKA

Countering Iran's Destabilizing Activities Act of 2017

Official Title

An Act to Provide Congressional Review and to Counter Iranian and Russian Governments' Aggression.

    However, it seems like we only care about human rights violations when it's politically convenient. Show that we don't just care about the middle east because of oil and help those in Africa whose genitals are being mutliated for purity reasons, oppose persecution of gay people in Chechenya, etc
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    America is not at odds with Iran. America's GOVERNMENT is INEXPLICABLY at odds with Iran. AMERICA wants to know why we support Saudi Arabia for doing everything this bill points out in Iran, except they do it WITH AMERICAN TAXPAYER DOLLARS. Stop fighting Iran. Stop supporting the Saudis.
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    Only if you do the SAME for Saudi Arabia. They export terrorism around the globe also through their Madrassa schools.
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    If you sanction a country for supporting terrorism you need to sanction all of the countries that sponsor or support terrorism.
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    Do these politicians really think that pushing more sanctions on Iran is not going to effect the nuclear deal? It certainly will affect Iran's willingness to comply with the agreement. The United States has been selling arms to Saudi Arabia which they've been using to bomb civilians in Yemen. Should we sanction ourselves and Saudi Arabia? Saudi Arabia has also been providing support for terrorism by funding some extremist rebels in Syria and spreading Wahhabism around the world and yet they're one of our closest allies. The hypocrisy here is so clear! Our policy in the Middle East is a complete mess. We need to stop policing the world and making friends with authoritarian regimes.
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    S.722 - Countering Iran's Destabilizing Activities Act of 2017 - To impose sanctions with respect to Iran in relation to Iran’s ballistic missile program, support for acts of international terrorism, and violations of human rights, and for other purposes. Text of bill: https://www.congress.gov/115/bills/s722/BILLS-115s722rs.pdf Sponsor: Sen. Corker, Bob [R-TN] GOP & RINO Cosponsors: Sen. Rubio, Marco [R-FL]* Sen. Cotton, Tom [R-AR]* Sen. Cruz, Ted [R-TX]* Sen. Risch, James E. [R-ID]* Sen. Sullivan, Dan [R-AK]* Sen. Young, Todd C. [R-IN]* Sen. Inhofe, James M. [R-OK] Sen. Collins, Susan M. [R-ME] Sen. Moran, Jerry [R-KS] Sen. Wicker, Roger F. [R-MS] Sen. Alexander, Lamar [R-TN] Sen. Boozman, John [R-AR] Sen. Toomey, Pat [R-PA] Sen. Capito, Shelley Moore [R-WV] Sen. Roberts, Pat [R-KS] Sen. Fischer, Deb [R-NE] Sen. Hatch, Orrin G. [R-UT] Sen. Heller, Dean [R-NV] Sen. Hoeven, John [R-ND] Sen. Blunt, Roy [R-MO] Sen. Crapo, Mike [R-ID] Sen. Grassley, Chuck [R-IA] Sen. Murkowski, Lisa [R-AK] Sen. McCain, John [R-AZ] Sen. Portman, Rob [R-OH] Sen. Kennedy, John [R-LA] Sen. Flake, Jeff [R-AZ] Sen. Cassidy, Bill [R-LA] Sen. Ernst, Joni [R-IA] Sen. Cornyn, John [R-TX] Sen. Perdue, David [R-GA] Sen. Rounds, Mike [R-SD] Sen. Daines, Steve [R-MT] Sen. Gardner, Cory [R-CO] Sen. Strange, Luther [R-AL] Sen. Scott, Tim [R-SC] DemocRat & DemoCommie Cosponsors: Sen. Menendez, Robert [D-NJ]* Sen. Cardin, Benjamin L. [D-MD]* Sen. Casey, Robert P., Jr. [D-PA]* Sen. Bennet, Michael F. [D-CO]* Sen. Coons, Christopher A. [D-DE]* Sen. Blumenthal, Richard [D-CT]* Sen. Donnelly, Joe [D-IN]* Sen. Nelson, Bill [D-FL] Sen. Wyden, Ron [D-OR] Sen. Booker, Cory A. [D-NJ] Sen. Peters, Gary C. [D-MI] Sen. Klobuchar, Amy [D-MN] Sen. Stabenow, Debbie [D-MI] Sen. Manchin, Joe, III [D-WV] Sen. McCaskill, Claire [D-MO] Sen. Kaine, Tim [D-VA] Sen. Heitkamp, Heidi [D-ND] Sen. Schumer, Charles E. [D-NY] Cosponsors Who Withdrew: Sen. Cantwell, Maria [D-WA] TWO AMENDMENTS ATTACHED TO BILL: (1.) S.Amdt.220 to S.722 Sponsor: Sen. Blumenthal, Richard [D-CT] Cosponsor: Sen. Portman, Rob [R-OH]* SA 220. Mr. BLUMENTHAL (for himself and Mr. PORTMAN) submitted an amendment intended to be proposed by him to the bill S. 722, to impose sanctions with respect to Iran in relation to Iran’s ballistic missile program, support for acts of international terrorism, and violations of human rights, and for other purposes; which was ordered to lie on the table; as follows: At the end, add the following: SEC. 13. SENSE OF SENATE ON THE UNWAVERING COMMITMENT OF THE UNITED STATES TO THE NORTH ATLANTIC TREATY ORGANIZATION. Read full text: https://www.congress.gov/crec/2017/06/07/CREC-2017-06-07-pt1-PgS3339-4.pdf (2.) S.Amdt.221 to S.722 Sponsor: Sen. Barrasso, John [R-WY] Cosponsor: Sen. Markey, Edward J. [D-MA]* SA 221. Mr. BARRASSO (for himself and Mr. MARKEY) submitted an amendment intended to be proposed by him to the bill S. 722, to impose sanctions with respect to Iran in relation to Iran’s ballistic missile program, support for acts of international terrorism, and violations of human rights, and for other purposes; which was ordered to lie on the table; as follows: Add at the end the following new section: SEC. 13. UKRANIAN ENERGY SECURITY. Read full text: https://www.congress.gov/crec/2017/06/07/CREC-2017-06-07-pt1-PgS3339-4.pdf
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    What happened to NATO deciding this? For once I agree with TuckerWantsLiberty. Sanction Saudi Arabia and all the rest not just Iran... they must have denied the building of a Trump hotel and got on the naughty list. Btw... if you end up approving this and sanctioning Iran, which means not give them my money... can I get that tax savings back? Full disclosure, I'm not a billionaire... so probably not, right?
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    Our country significantly mischaracterizes their country and I don't want to see things close to being escalated to war.
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    Sanction Iran? As long as any country supports terrorism, they should be sanctioned to the point that the only way they can survive is through mass extermination of all the Inhuman scum, their political supporters, and any citizen, that agrees but lacks the balls to do anything.
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    While I don't support the government of Iran, they are following the agreement we had in the nuclear deal. To sanction them again, which is the one thing we agreed we wouldn't do, it would serve only to increase support of the anti-american hardliners in the country.
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    Further isolation of Iran is not in the best interest of the US. They are one of the more progressive and stable countries in the region. Isolation will send the wrong message to a country that has lived up to it's side of the nuclear agreement with the US and just reelected a progressive president. Remember that Saudi Arabia is Sunni, as is Al Queda and ISIS. Iran is mostly Shia. The Sunni's want to dominate the region and have been pushing this anti Iran agenda. Let's be smart for once and stay out of it.
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    We already have sanctions in place for Iran. Instead of expanding them, apply sanctions consistently toward all countries engaged in promoting terrorism. We look so shallow because it is so obvious we stand up against countries or cozy up to other countries based on our own selfish interests. This exacerbates the frustration of would-be terrorists. Our arms deals create more terrorism because people rightly blame our country for fueling wars on their homelands. How would we like it? Right now we have Russians meddling in our elections, and we do not like it one bit! The decisions of the American government over decades make our country at times look like a self-serving bully. I do not think this bill will help motivate Iran at all. Let's clean up our own internal act before sanctioning others further. Right now, what ICE is doing to immigrant families is a form of terrorism. Our government needs to pass immigration reform legislation now. Let's handle this problem with intelligence and wisdom in a comprehensive way instead of piecemeal. Kids have lost DACA status and are afraid. Children have lost parents who have been deported. This is a travesty and the direct result of Congress procrastinating dealing with illegal immigration in a studied and humane way. They want to do the bidding of American banks and corporations, when they should be addressing the serious problems at home which American citizens have made clear they want addressed.
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    Can you please stop bullying other countries on taxpayer money? If you want to bully a country do it out of pocket! You know like we have to with our medical costs!!!
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    If needed it should add Saudi Arabia, Qatar. Both are very active in supporting ISIS on all aspects
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    Saudi Arabia is a bigger threat. We need sanctions on them (and we need to stop giving them weapons)
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    Wake up! Iran has a moderate government now. It's not democracy but still better. The Saudis (extremist Wahhabism) have been wanting to gain control over anybody who follows a different kind of Islam. If we want to stop terrorist funding, we have to concentrate on Saudi Arabia! https://www.theatlantic.com/international/archive/2016/01/nimr-al-nimr-saudi-arabia-shiites/422670/
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    I don't trust a president who wants to sell billions of dollars in arms to Saudi Arabia -- the country that created Bin Laden. Why does he get to decide which terrorist-sponsoring country gets weapons and which get sanctions?
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    Let's discourage terror, human rights violations and be the bastion of freedom to the whole world!!!
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    If we sanction Iran for supporting terrorism right after ISIS attacked them, and don't sanction Saudi Arabia for providing money and ideology to terrorists, we are simply hypocrites.
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    No. Simply no until we handle the madman that runs this country, leave everyone else alone.
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