Sullivan Votes for Tougher Sanctions on Iran & Russia

WASHINGTON, D.C.—Today, Senator Dan Sullivan (R-AK), a member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, joined with 97 of his colleagues in support of S. 722, the Countering Iran's Destabilizing Activities Act of 2017. The bill imposes tougher sanctions against Iran for its support of terrorism, ballistic missile tests and prohibited arms transfers, as well as sanctions against Russia for its aggression toward its neighbors and cyberattack on the U.S. election system.

“I was glad to co-sponsor this important piece of legislation. Following President Obama’s Iran Nuclear Deal, we were assured that Iran would moderate its behavior and that it would become part of the ‘community of nations’ again,” said Senator Sullivan. “This legislation is necessary because the opposite has happened. Iran remains the number one state sponsor of terrorism globally while continuing to violate international restrictions barring ballistic missile testing and illicit arms transfers. Iran must face further consequences for its hostile behavior that threatens U.S. national security and global stability. While this legislation provides important tools to counter Iranian aggression, I’ll continue to work to increase restrictions on Iran’s ability to access U.S. financial institutions.” 

The legislation also strengthens and expands current U.S. sanctions against Russia in response to its violation of the territorial integrity of the Ukraine and Crimea, its interference in U.S. elections, and its continued aggression in Syria.

“We need to send a message to Russia that we will not tolerate its aggressive behavior around the world, and it will face consequences for interfering with our elections here at home,” said Senator Sullivan.

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