WASHINGTON, DC – House Majority Leader Steny H. Hoyer (MD) released the following statement on the Iran Sanctions Enabling Act of 2009, which passed the House today:
“Today, by a strong bipartisan majority, the House passed the Iran Sanctions Enabling Act, a bill that will strengthen pressure on Iran to end its dangerous pursuit of nuclear weapons. The bill authorizes state and local governments to divest from any company that invests at least $20 million in Iran’s energy sector; it is a strong message to Tehran that, unless it abides by the international norms of non-proliferation, its economic isolation will continue. Chairman Frank worked hard to move this legislation forward and I was proud to co-sponsor it and bring it to the Floor for a vote.
“The risks posed by a nuclear Iran—from threats to our allies, to a Middle Eastern arms race, to a nuclear umbrella for terrorists—are too grave to ignore. President Obama has worked to end Iran’s nuclear program with a time-limited policy of engagement, and I am still hopeful for its success. But today’s action should remind Tehran that the window for engagement will not remain open indefinitely, and that the United States will use all tools at its disposal to prevent its acquisition of nuclear weapons.”