WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-OH) spoke with Ohio leaders from the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) during a meeting in Washington today. In town for the 2013 AIPAC Policy Conference, Brown met with the Ohio AIPAC members to discuss his call for stronger efforts to support Israel.
“Israel – one of our closest allies – must have the resources needed to defend its interests and protect its citizens,” Brown said. “Among our many shared priorities, we must work together to ensure that Israel can defend itself against growing threats to its security. There should be no daylight between the U.S. and Israel when it comes to our common defense.”
Recently, Brown joined a bipartisan group of senators in a resolution urging the Obama Administration to increase pressure on the Iranian government to dissolve its nuclear weapons programs. Sanctions that are currently in place have harmed the Iranian economy, although Iran continues moving forward with its nuclear program. In a letter he sent with 74 senators, he called for increased sanctions, support for the Iranian people, and the formation of a credible military coalition to combat the Iranian threat.
In Aug. 2012, Sen. Brown’s bill, the Iran Threat Reduction and Syria Human Rights Act, passed the Senate. The bill authorizes new tools for the President to employ in an effort to pressure Iran into complying with international obligations. The agreement:
- strengthens the Iran Sanctions Act;
- further limits Iran’s access to the international financial system;
- increases the prohibitions on insurance and shipping; and
- creates specific sanctions targeting the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC).
A summary, section-by-section description, and the full text of the resolution is available here.