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Senate Scorecard

 

States Senators S.269 Cotton Letter H.J.Res.64 S.2119 S.3267 S.Res.529 S.2449 Visa Waiver Letters

Alabama

Shelby (R)   (-) (-)          
  Sessions (R) (-) (-) (-)          
Alaska Murkowski (R) (-)   (-)     (+)    
  Sullivan (R) (-) (-) (-)   (-)      
Arizona McCain (R)   (-) (-)          
  Flake (R)     (-)       (+) (+)
Arkansas Boozman (R) (-) (-) (-)   (-)      
  Cotton (R)   (-) (-)   (-)      
California Feinstein (D)     (+)          
  Boxer (D)     (+)       (+) (+)
Colorado Bennet (D)     (+) (+)        
  Gardner (R) (-) (-) (-)          
Connecticut Blumenthal (D) (-)   (+)     (+)    
  Murphy (D)     (+)         (+)
Delaware Carper (D)     (+)          
  Coons (D) (-)   (+) (+)   (+)    
Florida Nelson (D)     (+)          
  Rubio (R) (-) (-) (-)   (-)      
Georgia Isakson (R) (-) (-) (-)          
  Perdue (R)   (-) (-)   (-)      
Hawaii Schatz (D)     (+) (+)       (+)
  Hirono (D)     (+)          
Idaho Crapo (R) (-) (-) (-)          
  Risch (R) (-) (-) (-)          
Illinois Durbin (D)     (+)       (+) (+)
  Kirk (R)   (-) (-)          
Indiana Coats (R) (-)   (-)          
  Donnelly (D) (-)   (+) (+)        
Iowa Grassley (R) (-) (-) (-)          
  Ernst (R) (-) (-) (-)          
Kansas Roberts (R) (-) (-) (-)          
  Moran (R) (-) (-) (-)          
Kentucky McConnell (R) (-) (-) (-)          
  Paul (R)   (-) (-)          
Louisiana Vitler (R) (-) (-) (-)          
  Cassidy (R) (-) (-) (-)          
Maine Collins (R) (-)   (-)          
  King (I)     (+)          
Maryland Mikulski (D)     (+)          
  Cardin (D)     (-)         (+)
Massachusetts Warren (D)     (+)          
  Markey (D)     (+)         (+)
Michigan Stabenow (D)     (+) (+)        
  Peters (D) (-)   (+)          
Minnesota Klobuchar (D)     (+) (+)        
  Franken (D)     (+)         (+)
Mississippi Cochran (R) (-)   (-)          
  Wicker (R) (-) (-) (-)          
Missouri McCaskill (D)     (+)          
  Blunt (R) (-) (-) (-)          
Montana Tester (D)     (+)          
  Daines (R) (-) (-) (-)          
Nebraska Fischer (R) (-) (-) (-)          
  Sasse (R) (-) (-) (-)          
Nevada Reid (D)     (+)          
  Heller (R) (-) (-) (-)         (+)
New Hampshire Shaheen (D)     (+)          
  Ayotte (R) (-) (-) (-)          
New Jersey Menendez (D) (-)   (-)   (-)      
  Booker (D)     (+) (+)     (+) (+)
New Mexico Udall (D)     (+)          
  Heinrich (D)     (+)         (+)
New York Schumer (D) (-)   (-) (+)        
  Gillibrand (D)     (+)          
North Carolina Burr (R) (-) (-) (-)          
  Tillis (R) (-)   (-)          
North Dakota Hoeven (R) (-) (-) (-)          
  Heitkamp (R)     (+)          
Ohio Brown (D)     (+)         (+)
  Portman (R) (-) (-) (-)          
Oklahoma Inhofe (R) (-) (-) (-)          
  Lankford (R) (-) (-) (-)          
Oregon Wyden (D)     (+) (+)       (+)
  Merkley (D)     (+)          
Pennsylvania Casey (D) (-)   (+)          
  Toomey (R) (-) (-) (-)          
Rhode Island Reed (D)     (+)          
  Whitehouse (D)     (+)          
South Carolina Graham (R) (-) (-) (-)          
  Scott (R) (-) (-) (-)          
South Dakota Thune (R) (-) (-) (-)          
  Rounds (R) (-) (-) (-)          
Tennessee Alexander (R)     (-)          
  Corker (R)     (-)          
Texas Coryn (R) (-) (-) (-)          
  Cruz (R) (-) (-) (-)          
Utah Hatch (R) (-) (-) (-)     (+)    
  Lee (R) (-) (-) (-)          
Vermont Leahy (D)     (+)         (+)
  Sanders (I)     (+)          
Virginia Warner (D)     (+) (+)        
  Kaine (D)     (+)          
Washington Murray (D)     (+)         (+)
  Cantwell (D)     (+)          
West Virginia Manchin (D) (-)   (-) (+) (-)      
  Capito (R) (-) (-) (-)          
Wisconsin Johnson (R)   (-) (-)          
  Baldwin (D)     (+) (+)        
Wyoming Enzi (R) (-) (-) (-)          
  Barrasso (R) (-) (-) (-)          

 

 

 

Nuclear Agreement Legislation

 

S.269 - Nuclear Weapons Free Iran Act of 2015

The bill, amongst other measures, would have reinstated sanctions on Iran that were previously waived under the interim nuclear agreement and would have imposed new economic penalties on Iran if international negotiations did not yield a final nuclear deal by the self-imposed deadline.

PAAIA supported the Obama Administration’s efforts in urging Senators to temporarily hold off on implementing new sanctions legislation while talks with Iran regarding its nuclear program were in process. Ad-ministration officials as well as most national security experts expressed concerns that passing such legislation could potentially derail the negotiations and splinter the international coalition cooperating on sanctions. Cosponsors receive a (-) on the scorecard.

Primary Sponsors: Sen. Kirk, Mark [R-IL], Sen. Menendez, Robert [D-NJ]

Co-sponsors: 52

Status: Referred to the Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs. Original measure reported to Senate by Senator Shelby. Without written report.

 

Cotton Letter - Warning Iranian Leaders that President Obama’s successor could revoke any nuclear agreement

On March 9, 2016, a group of Republican Senators sent an open letter to Iranian leaders, warning that President Obama’s successor could revoke any nuclear agreement "with the stroke of a pen" if the deal is not approved by Congress. The letter was spearheaded by Senator Tom Cotton (R-AK), a staunch opponent of the nuclear talks with Iran. The letter drew criticism from the Obama Administration, Democrats, and some Republicans for potentially undermining nuclear negotiations with Iran and threatening to torpedo bipartisan-ship on Capitol Hill when it comes to preventing a nuclear-armed Iran. PAAIA’s national public opinion surveys indicate that Iranian Americans strongly support diplomatic initiatives to address questions about Iran’s nuclear program. Senators who signed the letter receive a (-) on the scorecard.

 

H.J.Res.64 - Disapproving of the agreement transmitted to Congress by the President on July 19, 2015, relating to the nuclear program of Iran

The legislation states that Congress does not favor the nuclear agreement with Iran (Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action) transmitted by the President to Congress on July 19, 2015, for purposes of prohibiting the taking of any action involving statutory sanctions relief by the United States pursuant to such agreement. On a procedural vote, the resolution fell two votes short of 60 needed to consider the legislation, effectively ensuring that the nuclear accord will be implemented.

PAAIA’s 2016 national public opinion survey shows that nearly two-thirds of Iranian Americans (65%) approved of the P5+1 agreement with Iran designed to place limits on Iran’s nuclear program. Senators who voted to invoke cloture to end the debate and bring the measure of disapproval for a vote receive a (-) on the scorecard while those who voted against the motion receive a (+).

Primary Sponsor: Rep. Royce, Edward R. [R-CA-39]

Co-sponsors: 52

Status: Failed to pass the Senate.

 

S.2119 - Iran Policy Oversight Act

The legislation would strengthen implementation of the nuclear agreement with Iran while also reaffirming Congress’s commitment to countering Iran’s activities of concern. It would require the President to designate within the State Department a special coordinator for implementation of and compliance with the JCPOA regarding the Iran’s nuclear program. PAAIA’s 2016 national public opinion survey shows that nearly two-thirds of Iranian Americans (65%) approved of the P5+1 agreement with Iran designed to place limits on Iran’s nuclear program. Cosponsors receive a (+) on the scorecard.

Primary Sponsor: Sen. Cardin, Ben [D-MD]

Co-sponsors: 13

Status: Referred to the Committee on Foreign Relations

 


 

U.S. - Iran Relations

 

S.3267 - Countering Iranian Threats Act of 2016

The bill seeks to expand sanctions for ballistic missile development, support for terrorism, and other illicit Iranian actions; sanctions transfers of conventional weapons to or from Iran; and extends the expiring Iran Sanctions Act through 2026. In addition, the proposal would prohibit Iran’s financial institutions from engaging in dollar-based financial transactions with banks in third-party countries. The legislation would prevent the implementation of certain sanctions relief mandated by the Iran by amongst other measures prevent permissible dollar transactions between Iran and the international community that are wholly outside the U.S. financial system. PAAIA’s national public opinion surveys indicate that Iranian Americans would not be supportive of efforts to undermine or derail the Iran nuclear deal. Cosponsors receive a (-) on the scorecard.

Primary Sponsor: Sen. Corker, Bob [R-TN]

Co-sponsors: 7

Status: Referred to the Committee on Foreign Relations

 

S.Res.529 - Calling on the Government of the Islamic Republic of Iran to release Iranian Americans Siamak Namazi and his father, Baquer Namazi

The resolution calls on the Iranian government to immediately release Siamak Namazi and his father, Baquer Namazi, who are dual U.S.- Iranian citizens currently detained in Iran. It calls on the Secretary of State, the allies of the United States, and the United Nations to raise the cases of Siamak and Baquer Namazi with officials of the Government of Iran at every opportunity. The resolution also encourages the Obama Administration to utilize the appropriate measures against the government of Iran if Siamak and Baquer Namazi are not released. Cosponsors receive a (+) on the scorecard.

Primary Sponsor: Sen. Booker, Cory [D-NJ]

Co-sponsors: 4

Status: Referred to the House Committee on Foreign Affairs. Ordered to be Reported by Voice Vote.

 


 

Immigration

 

S.2449 - Equal Protection in Travel Act of 2016

The legislation would strip the discriminatory dual nationality provisions contained in the Visa Waiver Program Improvement and Terrorist Travel Prevention Act passed into law.  Because the visa waiver program is based on reciprocity, the reforms could potentially place reciprocal restrictions from Europe and other participating countries. Iranian Americans and other American citizens could be barred from the program solely based on their national origin. The changes proposed in the legislation will address this matter by repealing the provisions aimed at restricting certain dual nationals of the 38 countries participating in the Visa Waiver Program.

Primary Sponsor: Flake, Jeff [R-AZ]

Co-sponsors: 3

Status: Referred to the Committee on the Judiciary

 

Visa Waiver Letters - Expressing concerns over dual national provisions

There have been several Senate letters regarding the discriminatory dual nationality provisions contained in the Visa Waiver Program Improvement and Terrorist Travel Prevention Act passed into law.  Senators who signed the letter receive a (+) on the scorecard.