Washington (DC) Today Congressman Al Green (TX-09) expressed his support for the passage of the Iran Refined Petroleum Sanctions Act (H.R. 2194) in the House of Representatives. Congressman Green is a cosponsor of this legislation.
H.R. 2194 was passed by a vote of 412-12, and if enacted into law, will restrict refined petroleum imports to Iran by strengthening the President’s authority to impose sanctions on companies that provide Iran with refined petroleum or help it maintain or expand its domestic refining capabilities. Congress hopes to use the bill to pressure the Iranian government to suspend its uranium enrichment program.
Speaking on the floor of the House of Representatives, Congressman Green stressed that the United States has played a crucial role within the international community in deterring Iran from gaining nuclear weapons capabilities. “This bill is particularly important in light of recent intelligence indicating that Iran continues to advance its nuclear program,” he said.
Congressman Green noted Iran has constructed an enrichment facility and breached its obligation to suspend all uranium enrichment related activities, according to the most recent International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) resolution adopted by the Board of Governors on November 27, 2009.
“Many experts believe that with further processing of low-enriched uranium, Iran could have the capability to produce a nuclear weapon by the end of this year, reinforcing the sense of urgency to address this threat”, he concluded.
The Iran Refined Petroleum Sanctions Act is one of several measures that Congress has taken to restrict the ability of Iran to acquire nuclear weapons capability.