Rand Paul on Iran SanctionsSubmitted by rudys_fire on Thu, 03/01/2012 - 19:23
March 1, 2012
About a month ago, I decided to email Dr. Rand Paul and asked why he voted for Iran Sanctions. He finally replied back to me. On the premise of sanctions not affecting the people of Iran, I accept his response although I can't say I'd do the same thing. What do you think?
Here it is below.
Dear Mr. Peterson,
Thank you for taking the time to contact me regarding sanctions on Iran. I appreciate hearing your thoughts on this issue.
In November 2011, the Senate began debate on the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) for Fiscal Year 2012 (S. 1867). NDAA provides the authorization for spending by the Department of Defense (DoD) for procurement, base management and military operations.
While debating S. 1867, Senator Robert Menendez (D-N.J.) introduced an amendment to place sanctions on the Central Bank of Iran (S.Amdt.1414). S.Amdt.1414 passed unanimously by the Senate and included in S. 1867. Following the passage of S. 1867, the language contained in S.Amdt.1414 was included in the conference committee version of NDAA (H.R. 1540). Despite my opposition, H.R. 1540 passed both the House of Representatives and the Senate by votes of 283-136 and 86-13 respectively. H.R. 1540 has been signed into law by President Obama.
The Iranian regime is engaged in the pursuit of nuclear weapons and supports terrorism across the globe. I supported S.Amdt.1414 because the sanctions are targeted to the regime's financing of those activities through the central bank and unlike other sanctions, not against the Iranian people.
Rest assured as debate continues in the Senate regarding Iran, I will keep your thoughts in mind. Feel free to contact me again regarding any federal issue in the future.