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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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bill Progress


  • 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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    No. Simply no until we handle the madman that runs this country, leave everyone else alone.
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    Chants of "Death to America" in the Iranian Parliament just days ago. Iran is not our friend. They are only friends with people that want to destroy our constitution. But then again, based on comments in this thread, those people are called liberals.
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    Sanctions on Iran are always a good idea. Sanction them back to the Stone Age. Put as much pressure on them as possible. We've already screw around too much and let that psycho in North Korea get his hands on nukes we should not make the same mistake with Iran.
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    Iran is a country of criminals.
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    Saudi First
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    The Iranian Regime is the number one state enemy. Do all that you can do to shut them down. Please.
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    Sanctions are not that effective an in Iran's case, there are some regional players such as Russia that can provide covert support to make sanctions even less effective. This is another "feel good" piece of legislation to be hauled before the voters at the next election showing that their elected representatives are standing up to Iran.
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    Yes! Place sanctions on all of the countries that support terrorism directly or indirectly!
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    Don't undo the progress that has been made.
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    I wish these things could be decided by non-partisan experts, not-politicians trying to score points. I don't know. I want what is in the best interest of the U.S. I don't have the expertise to know what's right
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    Foreign policy is not clear....current leaders appear to be playing the shell game. Need better understanding.
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    There is no clear reason why we continue to target Iran, while continuing to use tax dollars to provide aid to KNOWN terror sponsor Saudi Arabia.
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    When the actions of any nation clearly show intent to do great harm and have demonstrated that they are radical and violent they are no friend and even breaking off relations should be considered!
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    DUH, yes of course👍❗️
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    These two items should not be linked.
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    Iran is not our friend. And they are known to support terrorism.
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    Sanction the Saudis. Bet that won't happen. They are protected by the orb and DT
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    Sanction Russia NOT Iran.
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    I support counter-terrorism efforts. However, this bill does nothing to prevent terrorism but rather shows a clear preference to nations that are oil rich (Saudi Arabia) by targeting those who offer little economic gain for the US. Terrorism is terrorism and should be dealt with on a broader scale than this bill can ever provide.
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    No. Iran has not attacked or threatened. Please stop making and expanding enemies towards America because of your actions. We need to stop bullying.
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