Senator Dan Coats

Coats, Senators Introduce Iran Sanctions Bill

WASHINGTON, DC – Senator Dan Coats (R-Ind.) joined with a group of senators to introduce the Iran Terrorism and Human Rights Sanctions Act of 2016 (S. 2726), legislation that would impose sanctions on the country in response to recent missile tests, human rights abuses and terrorist activity.

“We cannot stand idly by as Iran develops a ballistic missile arsenal and continues to support terrorist activity,” said Coats. “This legislation would ensure Iran is punished for these actions and prevent the country from gaining additional resources to further this agenda.”

The Iran Terrorism and Human Rights Sanctions Act of 2016 would impose new sanctions against Iran, Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) and Mahan Air, an Iranian airline that has helped the IRGC to spread terrorism and militancy. The bill would also block Iran’s access to the U.S. financial system and strengthen the requirements for the President to remove Iran or any country from the state sponsors of terrorism list.

The legislation is supported by Coats and Senators Mark Kirk (R-Ill.), Marco Rubio (R-Fla.), Kelly Ayotte (R-N.H.), Cory Gardner (R-Colo.), Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.), Majority Whip John Cornyn (R-Texas), Rob Portman (R-Ohio), Pat Roberts (R-Kan.), Ben Sasse (R-Neb.), Tom Cotton (R-Ark.), Ted Cruz (R-Texas), Jerry Moran (R-Kan.), Johnny Isakson (R-Ga.), Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska) and David Perdue (R-Ga.).

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