WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-OH) renewed his call for stronger efforts to prevent Iran from obtaining nuclear weapons capability, outlined the need for tougher sanctions on Iran and Syria, and reaffirmed his support for security assistance for Israel during an address before 150 members of the Ohio delegation of the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) today.
“Israel is one of America’s closest allies. Among many things, the U.S. must ensure that Israel maintains a qualitative military edge so that it can confront growing threats to its security. There should be no daylight between the U.S. and Israel when it comes to our unshakeable bond,” Brown said in prepared remarks.
Brown is a cosponsor of Senate Resolution 380, which urges increasing economic and diplomatic pressure on Iran and affirms U.S. policy to prevent Iran from acquiring a nuclear weapons capability. Full text of the Senate Resolution 380 can be read here.
Brown also cosponsored the Iran Sanctions, Accountability, and Human Rights Act, which authorizes new tools for the President to employ in an effort to pressure Iran into complying with international obligations. The legislation, which recently passed through the Senate Banking committee, would:
- Broaden the list of available sanctions;
- Require intensified targeting of Iran’s Revolutionary Guard Corps;
- Require firms traded on US stock exchanges to disclose Iran-related activity to the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC);
- Sanction energy and uranium mining joint ventures with Iran’s government outside of Iran;
- Penalize US parent firms for certain Iran-related activities of their foreign subsidiaries;
- Mandate sanctions for those who supply Iran with weapons and other technologies used to commit human rights abuses; and
- Provide other similar measures designed to increase pressure on Iran’s government.