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USA*Engage Urges Senators to Oppose Sanctions Amendments to Defense Authorization Bill
Date: 11/28/2012
Written By: Jennifer Cummings, The Fratelli Group for NFTC, (202) 822-9491

Washington DC As the Senate begins its consideration of S. 3254, the National Defense Authorization Act, USA*Engage today urged all Senators to oppose any amendments to the bill that would impose additional U.S. unilateral sanctions.

In a letter sent to every Senate office this morning, USA*Engage Director Richard Sawaya wrote:

"USA*Engage has long argued that any economic sanctions adopted by Congress preserve the ability of the Executive branch to conduct foreign policy. We have also maintained that such sanctions be considered carefully under the discipline of regular order. Finally, we have advocated that every attempt be made when legislating economic sanctions to minimize collateral harm to the commerce of the United States, its trading partners and allies.

"We therefore urge you to oppose any effort to add sanctions-related measures to S. 3254, the National Defense Authorization Act for FY 13. Regarding Iran, events in the Middle East continue to underscore the necessity for thoughtful diplomacy and continued common purpose with U.S. allies. A Congressional legislative ultimatum to pursue the economic collapse of Iran will hardly contribute to diplomatic success, continued allied common cause, or stated U.S. common cause with ordinary Iranians."

To read the full text of the letter, click here

About USA*Engage
USA*Engage ( is a coalition of small and large businesses, agriculture groups and trade associations working to seek alternatives to the proliferation of unilateral U.S. foreign policy sanctions and to promote the benefits of U.S. engagement abroad. Established in 1997 and organized under the National Foreign Trade Council (, USA*Engage leads a campaign to inform policymakers, opinion leaders, and the public about the counterproductive nature of unilateral sanctions, the importance of exports and overseas investment for American competitiveness and jobs, and the role of American companies in promoting human rights and democracy world wide.

About the NFTC
Advancing Global Commerce for Nearly A Century- The National Foreign Trade Council ( is a leading business organization advocating an open, rules-based global trading system. Founded in 1914 by a broad-based group of American companies, the NFTC now serves hundreds of member companies through its offices in Washington and New York.
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