NFTC President Bill Reinsch and USA*Engage Director Richard Sawaya wrote the following:
“The expansive nature of this bill will have a number of unintended consequences for U.S. and foreign companies. While the legislation is aimed at hitting Iran where it hurts, these sanctions will have a boomerang effect and will end up harming U.S. economic and diplomatic interests in the long run,” said Reinsch.
“By proposing to penalize companies with no ties to Iran’s energy sector, export and job growth are at risk here at home,” said Sawaya. “The NFTC and USA*Engage are fundamentally opposed to unilateral sanctions because they are ineffective in achieving their stated purpose, and leave much collateral damage – in this case U.S. economic growth – in their wake.”
USA*Engage (www.usaengage.org) 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 (www.nftc.org), USA*Engage leads a campaign to inform policy-makers, 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 Over 95 Years – The National Foreign Trade Council (www.nftc.org) 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.