Meng Amendment to Assess Effectiveness of Sanctions Against Iran Passed by House

Dec 13, 2017
Press Release
WASHNGTON, D.C. – U.S. Rep. Grace Meng’s (D-NY) amendment requiring an assessment of the effectiveness of U.S. economic sanctions against Iran was passed late this afternoon by the House of Representatives as part of the Iranian Leadership Asset Transparency Act, H.R. 1638.
H.R. 1638 directs the U.S. Department of the Treasury to issue a report explaining how it assesses the impact and effectiveness of U.S. economic sanctions programs against Iran, but does not require the actual assessment. Meng’s amendment requires the Treasury to issue an assessment of the effectiveness of sanctions against Iran.
“I voted against the Iran deal because it did not do enough to mitigate the nuclear threat posed by Iran, and I voted multiple times to impose sanctions on Iran to deter further nuclear development,” said Meng. “Congress must determine whether or not the sanctions we have passed are working, and that is exactly what my amendment seeks to do.”
Meng’s amendment was passed unanimously by voice vote. H.R. 1638 passed the House by a vote of 289-135.
A copy of the amendment can be found here. Video of Meng speaking on the House Floor about the amendment can be found here.