Amendment to S. 2101
Section by Section Analysis
Background: No Good Ideas Left Behind
As Iran continues inching closer to “red lines” su
rrounding its illicit nuclear weapons program,S. 2101 will likely serve as the last legislative vehicle to impose further economic sanctionsagainst the Islamic Republic until December. Therefore, as long as opportunities exist toincorporate new ideas and creative sanctions into the legislation, we should seize upon thoseopportunities in overwhelming bipartisan fashion. In this way, we keep our promise to the
American people and support the President’s stated objective to exhaust every available
Section 1: Defining Credible Information to Include GAO and CRS Reports
The Iran, North Korea, and Syria Sanctions Consolidation Act of 2011 (S. 1048), of which morethan 80 Senators are cosponsors, sought to amend the Iran Sanctions Act to force theAdministration to open an investigation into any entity reported by the GovernmentAccountability Office (GAO), the Energy Information Administration (EIA), the CongressionalResearch Service (CRS) or a similarly credible governmental agency to have violated U.S.sanctions. S. 2101 removed this amendment, instead leaving it up to the President to use his
discretion as to whether such reports should be deemed “credible” or not.
This amendment to S. 2101 would revert to the language supported by more than 80 U.S.
Senators (i.e. defining “credible information” to include GAO, CRS, EIA and similar