Representative Howard L. Berman Advocates for Iranian Sanctions

April 22, 2009

Washington, DC - Howard L. Berman (D-CA), chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, today issued the following statement on the appointment of House members to the conference committee to reconcile the House and Senate versions of Iran sanctions legislation.

"Today marks a major step towards preventing Iran from acquiring the ability to produce nuclear weapons. Iran's intentions are clear, and now is the time to implement crippling sanctions on this reckless regime.

"Iran's claim that it is pursuing only civilian nuclear production falls flat under the weight of deceptions, unexplained activities, and credible documentation. The International Atomic Energy Agency just recently expressed its grave concerns over Iran's activities noting 'the possible existence in Iran of past or current undisclosed activities related to the development of a nuclear payload for a missile.'

"During President Obama's Nuclear Security Summit the international community demonstrated it would not tolerate nuclear weapons in the hands of irresponsible actors. We are moving forward to ensure that legislation enabling tough sanctions is on President Obama's desk for his signature."

Conferees include:

House Committee on Foreign Affairs
Howard L. Berman (D-CA)
Gary L. Ackerman (D-NY)
Brad Sherman (D-CA)
Jim Costa (D-CA)
David Scott (D-GA)
Joseph Crowley (D-NY)
Ron Klein (D-FL)
Ros-Lehtinen (R-FL)
Dan Burton (R-IN)
Edward R. Royce (R-CA)
Mike Pence (R-IN)

House Committee on Financial Services
Barney Frank (D-MA)
Gregory W. Meeks (D-NY)
Scott Garrett (R-NJ)

House Committee on Ways and Means
Sander M. Levin (D-MI)
John S. Tanner (D-TN)
Dave Camp (R-MI)