CHICAGO, IL – U.S. Senator Mark Kirk (R-Ill.) issued the following statement after the United States and its international partners pushed back the deadline for the nuclear talks with Iran to July 2015, with the near-term goal of negotiating a â€œpolitical agreementâ€ on Iranâ€™s nuclear program by April 2015:
â€œToday’s announcement means that the Administration will continue to blockÂ sanctionsÂ and allowÂ the terror-sponsoring Iranian regime to make $700 million a monthâ€”roughly $23 million per dayâ€”even as Iran advances its nuclear bomb-making program and sparksÂ an arms race in the Middle East. Now more than ever, itâ€™s critical that Congress enactsÂ sanctions that giveÂ Iranâ€™s mullahsÂ noÂ choice but toÂ dismantleÂ their illicit nuclear program and allow the International Atomic Energy AgencyÂ full and unfettered access to assure the international communityâ€™s security.”
- TheÂ Comprehensive Iran Sanctions, Accountability, and Divestment Act of 2010 (Public Law 111-195) passed the Senate in a 99-to-0 vote on June 24, 2010, and the House in a 408-to-8 vote on June 24, 2010.
- During consideration of theÂ National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2012 (Public Law 112-81), the Menendez-Kirk amendment to impose Central Bank of Iran (CBI) sanctions passed the Senate in a 100-to-0 vote on December 1, 2011.
- TheÂ Iran Threat Reduction and Syria Human Rights Act of 2012 (Public Law 112-158) passed the House in a 421-to-6 vote on August 1, 2012, and the Senate in a voice vote on August 1, 2012.
- During consideration of theÂ National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2013 (Public Law 112-239), theÂ Iran Freedom and Counter-Proliferation Act of 2012, a Menendez-Kirk-Lieberman amendment to impose sanctions on Iranâ€™s energy, shipping, and shipbuilding and port sectors, passed the Senate in a 94-to-0 vote on November 30, 2012.