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Slaughter Calls for U.S. to Stand with Israel and Protect the Syrian People

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Published on Jul 25, 2012

WASHINGTON -- Congresswoman Louise M. Slaughter (NY-28) today continued her fight to support one of our nation's closest allies -- Israel -- and the people of Syria in the face of threats from the oppressive Iranian Regime and the Assad Regime of Syria. Slaughter offered an amendment that prohibits issuing drilling leases to companies that violate current international sanctions imposed against the Iranian and Syrian regimes.




"My amendment simply states that no company that violates the Iran Sanctions Act, or the Syrian Accountability Act will be allowed to profit from the oil leases in today's bill," said Slaughter. "The amendment will help to ensure that no company that helps to prop up these oppressive and destabilizing regimes can benefit from this legislation. My amendment will help to isolate Iran, promote stability in the Middle East and protect Israel."

Currently, the United States Government has imposed sanctions on 13 companies because of business dealings with Iran. In addition, the threat of sanctions is hanging over other companies that continue to do business there. In total, more than 16 oil companies remain "active" in Iran. These companies are defying the international community and helping to empower an Iranian regime that exports terrorism around the world, continues to seek nuclear weapons capability, and threatens the security of the entire Middle East, especially our ally and friend, Israel.

The amendment also targets the Assad Regime of Syria, which has threatened the stability of the Middle East region and has been responsible for the murder of thousands of innocent Syrians. Most recently, Syria has issued veiled threats regarding the use of chemical and biological weapons. Existing sanctions are already helping to increase the pressure on the Assad regime. Thanks to these sanctions, Syrian oil production dropped by 60,000 barrels per day in 2011, and they continue to be punished economically as companies have cut ties with the government of Syria. Yet despite this pressure, the Assad regime continues to assault innocent civilians.




Slaughter's amendment is being offered to H.R. 6082 -- House Republicans' latest proposal to open up vast new parcels of public land to oil and gas drilling without proper environmental review. Their legislation would jeopardize huge portions of the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans, as well as Alaska's Bristol Bay, by minimizing environmental review requirements, a virtual giveaway to Big Oil interests.

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