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Reform Movement Welcomes Legislation Strengthening Iran Sanctions

Saperstein: “These strengthened sanctions provisions will send a strong message to companies that they may either do business with the United States or with the repressive Iranian regime.”

Contact: Kate Bigam or Liz Piper-Goldberg
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WASHINGTON, D.C., May 27, 2010 – In response to the announcement by Representatives Steve Israel and Nita Lowey that the FY10 Supplemental Appropriations Act will include strong language prohibiting funds for companies that are in violation of the Iran Sanctions Act, Rabbi David Saperstein, Director of the Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism, issued the following statement:

The Reform Jewish Movement applauds the efforts of Congressman Steve Israel, Chairwoman Nita Lowey and others to include language in the FY10 Supplemental Appropriations Act provisions that will prohibit federal contractors that are in violation of the Iran Sanctions Act to receive federal tax dollars. It will close a loophole by clarifying that subcontractors are covered by this ban as well. This bipartisan effort, including Rep. Steve Rothman, Rep. Mark Kirk and Rep. Ben Chandler, is an important step to ensure that U.S. dollars do not benefit the Iranian regime.

In the hands of Iran’s extremist regime, nuclear weapons pose grave danger to the world and particularly to those against whom Iran has expressed antagonism, including Israel. Together with new multi-lateral and United States economic diplomacy measures, enforcing effective sanctions is a compelling way to make clear to the Iranian government that its pursuit of nuclear weapons capability remains unacceptable. These strengthened sanctions provisions will send a strong message to companies that they may either do business with the United States or with the repressive Iranian regime.

We look forward to swift enactment of this provision and the underlying bill.

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The Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism is the Washington office of the Union for Reform Judaism, whose more than 900 congregations across North America encompass 1.5 million Reform Jews, and the Central Conference of American Rabbis, whose membership includes more than 1,800 Reform rabbis. Visit www.rac.org for more.



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