Applauds bipartisan leadership against amendment that would have jeopardized U.S.-Iran talks
Washington, DC – USA*Engage and the National Foreign Trade Council (NFTC) today applauded the U.S. Senate for action taken yesterday to vote down an amendment to the National Defense Authorization Act for FY 2007. The amendment, which would have imposed tougher unilateral sanctions on
“Imposing tougher sanctions at this time would undermine important and delicate multilateral diplomacy. Yesterday’s vote provides some assurance that the Senate understands that unilateral sanctions can be counterproductive,” said Bill Reinsch, President of the NFTC and
The vote came days after Administration officials met with a group of Senators to discuss policy towards
“Senators Warner, Biden, Hagel and Levin displayed strong leadership on this issue, and we appreciate the efforts of Secretary Rice for making a good case that engagement must be given a chance to work,” said Jake Colvin, Director of USA*Engage. “It is encouraging to see policies and proposals aimed at engaging
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.
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