Washington, DC—Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid made the following statement today after Senate Republicans blocked H.R. 7112, the Iran Sanctions, Accountability and Divestment Act of 2008:
“I am disappointed that the Republicans yesterday blocked the Iran Sanctions, Accountability and Divestment Act of 2008 from moving forward in the Senate. This important bipartisan legislation would tighten sanctions against Iran, a country that has long had nuclear weapons ambitions and threatens the peace and stability in the Middle East.
“This bill passed the House with bipartisan support. Similar legislation moved through two Senate committees on a bipartisan basis, and the original Senate bill had 72 cosponsors. Senate Democrats have strongly supported this legislation and had cleared it for inclusion in the Defense authorization bill in September. Unfortunately, Senate Republicans chose to block it at that time.
“Just yesterday, I went to the Senate floor so that we could pass this critical legislation. We even included an amendment to address the specific concerns of some Republican members. Nevertheless, Senate Republicans continue to block its passage. I am committed to moving this legislation forward. Our security demands that we do what we can to prevent Iran from pursuing nuclear weapons ambitions.”