President Obama has decided to make one of his last official acts as president a non-act.
In what has been seen as a big surprise to many, President Obama has decided against signing legislation to extend the Iran Sanctions Act for another 10 years.
However, the White House states it will allow the bill to become law even without his signature.
According to the Washington Examiner, as early as December 2nd, the White House stated that President Obama would sign the Iran Extensions Act to extend Iranian sanctions by ten more years. Even the Democrats had joined with Republicans in a partisan effort to ensure the Extensions Act was signed. Both parties felt that the extension is necessary to keep the Iranians in check with their nuclear agreement.
Secretary of State John Kerry backed up Obama’s stance in a Thursday morning statement of his own.
“This administration has made it clear that an extension of the Iran Sanctions Act is not necessary either to address activity outside the scope of the JCPOA or to snap back sanctions in the event Iran should significantly fail to perform its nuclear commitments,” he said. “Even if ISA were to have lapsed, we would continue to have all the authorities we need in place to address those issues.”
BREAKING: In a reversal, Obama declines to sign renewal of Iran sanctions, but lets it become law without his signature.
— The Associated Press (@AP) December 15, 2016
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