The Iowa senator joins 29 colleagues on a resolution opposing lifting sanctions against Iran
Mar 09 2021
WASHINGTON – As Iran continues moving ahead in advancing its nuclear program and beginning to produce uranium metal, U.S. Senator Joni Ernst (R-Iowa), the top Republican on the Senate Armed Services Subcommittee on Emerging Threats and Capabilities, is joining 29 of her Senate colleagues in calling for the U.S. to oppose lifting sanctions against the country.
“The United States must maintain sanctions on the Iranian regime until it abandons its nuclear ambitions and completely ends its support for violence and funding terrorism around the region. Iran took advantage of weak policies during the Obama Administration, and President Biden must not repeat those same mistakes,” said Senator Joni Ernst.
Ernst today announced her support for a Senate resolution calling for the U.S. to maintain sanctions against Iran.
Ernst has been outspoken in calling on the Biden Administration to make a top priority of keeping our nation and the world safe from the threat of Iran, penning an op-ed in the Washington Examiner. Last week, Ernst called on the Biden Administration to work with our allies and partners to impose a new arms embargo on Iran.
She also helped introduce a resolution expressing opposition to the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) and urging President Biden to work with Congress and refuse to re-join the deal without significant reform. She also joined Senator Bill Hagerty (R-Tenn.) on a bill that would enable Congress to approve—or block—any effort by the administration to suspend or terminate U.S. sanctions against the Iranian regime.
Following the recent U.S. strike in Syria, Ernst said that Iran’s aggression must be countered with a strong, decisive response and that the United States cannot afford to pivot to a weak policy against Iran, like another failed nuclear deal.