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Congressman Garamendi Votes for Iran Refined Petroleum Sanctions Act

December 15, 2009
Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC – Congressman John Garamendi (D-Walnut Creek, California) today issued the following statement following his vote for H.R. 2194, the Iran Refined Petroleum Sanctions Act of 2009:

"The Iranian government has suppressed peaceful protest and is on a dangerous path toward nuclear weapons. And with its funding of Hamas and Hezbollah, the Iranian government continues to threaten Israel and undermine the two-state solution. With this vote for sanctions against Iranian oil exports, Congress is taking a measured and responsible approach. I have spoken to many Iranians who sincerely want peace in the Middle East, and I look forward to a day when Iranian government listens to its people and engages in productive diplomacy. Until that time, I stand with the people of Israel and millions of peaceful Iranians."

The Act passed by a 412-12 vote. It now moves to the Senate for consideration.