WASHINGTON, D.C. – This week, U.S. Senator Jerry Moran (R-Kan.) participated in a Senate Banking Committee hearing focused on reviewing the Obama Administration’s enforcement of sanctions against the Iranian government. The committee heard testimony from officials at the U.S. Departments of State, Treasury and Commerce. In July, Sen. Moran requested this hearing to exercise the committee’s oversight responsibilities and to ensure the Administration is fully enforcing sanctions against Iran. Sen. Moran released the statement below following the hearing:
“During my Congressional service, both in the U.S. House and Senate, I have worked to prevent an Iran with nuclear capabilities. A nuclear Iran is of great danger to the global stability and security of the United States. I have actively supported the strongest possible regimen of sanctions and continually advocate for a rigorous diplomatic effort to isolate Iran. I have made clear that passage of sanctions legislation must be followed by the most stringent possible enforcement by U.S. officials and I appreciate Chairman Johnson and Ranking Member Shelby for conducting this oversight hearing. Our success can only be determined by whether Iran’s nuclear desire becomes a reality.
“Reference to Kansas-based Koch Industries was made during the hearing. Although not required by U.S. law, more than 4 years ago, Koch Industries voluntarily put in place a stringent policy prohibiting all trade with Iran by any of its subsidiaries. Unfortunately, not all U.S. companies have such a policy in place today. Koch is a significant employer in Kansas and across the United States. I am pleased by its presence in our state, where the company is a respected corporate citizen. I am grateful for its investment in our state’s economy and in the well-being of our citizens. Their entrepreneurship and corporate responsibility are appreciated.”