H.R. 1905

Iran Threat Reduction Act

H.R. 1905 strengthens U.S. sanctions against Iran in order to compel Tehran to abandon its pursuit of nuclear weapons and other threatening activities. The bill strengthens energy and financial sanctions, counters the Iranian regime’s efforts to evade them, and increases the number of sanctions the Administration is required to impose on Iran.


The Iranian nuclear program is a grave threat to U.S. national security, and to the very existence of our ally, Israel.  Iran has also been called the world’s leading state sponsor of terrorism by the U.S. State Department, bankrolls extremist groups such as Hezbollah and Hamas, has provided weapons to insurgents in Iraq and Afghanistan, and is a close ally of the Syrian and North Korean regimes.  A nuclear Iran would lead to the proliferation of such weapons to other rogue states and extremist groups. 

By imposing crippling economic sanctions on the Iranian regime, the U.S. and other nations can compel Iran to abandon its dangerous policies.  Energy sanctions against Iran are a particularly effective tool as the regime lacks capabilities to refine oil.  Imposing strong energy sanctions on Iran goes after the regime’s Achilles’ heel.  

STATUS: H.R. 1905 was approved by the House on December 14, 2011, by a vote of 410-11.  The Senate passed an amended version on May 21, 2012.  The House and Senate negotiated an amended text that was passed by the House and the Senate on August 1, 2012. The bill was presented to President Obama on August 3, 2012 and signed into law on August 10, 2012.



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