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WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Roy Blunt (Mo.) released the following statement after voting in favor of the Iran Sanctions Extension Act, which passed the Senate by a vote of 99-0 and is now headed to the president’s desk. The bill renews the Iran Sanctions Act, which is set to expire on December 31st, providing the next administration the authority it needs to reinstate sanctions against the Iranian regime that were lifted under President Obama’s nuclear agreement.
“The Iranian regime is the leading state sponsor of terrorism, a direct threat to our close friend and ally, Israel, and a destabilizing force in the Middle East,” Blunt said. “The president’s nuclear deal has already handed the regime $100 billion in sanctions relief, while it continues violating its international treaty obligations. This legislation gives the next administration a powerful tool to hold Iran accountable and I urge the president to sign it without delay.”