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H.R. 5007 (ih) To amend title II of the Social Security Act to provide an exception to [Introduced in House] ...
106th CONGRESS 2d Session H. R. 5006 To encourage respect for the rights of religious and ethnic minorities in Iran, and to deter Iran from supporting international terrorism, and from furthering its weapons of mass destruction programs. _______________________________________________________________________ IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES July 27, 2000 Mr. Sherman (for himself, Mr. Saxton, Mr. Weiner, Mr. Lazio, Mr. Lantos, Mr. Porter, Mr. Deutsch, Mr. Wexler, Mr. King, Mr. Engel, Mr. Pallone, Mr. Hall of Texas, Mr. Nadler, Mr. Frost, Mr. Crowley, Ms. Schakowsky, and Mrs. Lowey) introduced the following bill; which was referred to the Committee on Ways and Means, and in addition to the Committee on International Relations, for a period to be subsequently determined by the Speaker, in each case for consideration of such provisions as fall within the jurisdiction of the committee concerned _______________________________________________________________________ A BILL To encourage respect for the rights of religious and ethnic minorities in Iran, and to deter Iran from supporting international terrorism, and from furthering its weapons of mass destruction programs. Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled, SECTION 1. FINDINGS. Congress finds the following: (1) According to the Report of the National Commission on Terrorism released in June 2000, pursuant to Public Law 105- 277, ``Iran remains the most active state supporter of terrorism. Despite the election of reformist President Khatami in 1997, the Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps and Ministry of Intelligence and Security have continued to be involved in the planning and execution of terrorist acts.''. (2) According to the Central Intelligence Agency's most recent proliferation report, pursuant to section 721 of the Fiscal Year 1997 Intelligence Authorization Act, ``Iran remains one of the most active countries seeking to acquire Weapons of Mass Destruction (WMD) and Advanced Conventional Weapons (ACW) technology from abroad. In so doing, Iran is attempting to develop an indigenous capability to produce various types of weapons--nuclear, chemical, and biological and their delivery systems.''. (3) On July 16, 2000, Iran successfully test-fired its Shahab-3 missile, a medium-range weapon capable of delivering a nuclear, biological, and chemical payload. (4) Iran's recent trial and conviction of 10 Iranian Jews accused of spying on behalf of Israel was only the most recent example of Iran's egregious mistreatment of minorities and brazen violations of international human rights standards and due process of law. (5) Prior to the verdict, United States Secretary of State Madeleine K. Albright referred to the treatment of the Jews on trial in Iran as ``a critical barometer of United States-Iran relations''. (6) In March 2000, the President of the United States partially lifted an import ban to permit the importation of Iranian textiles and food products, such as carpets, dried fruits, nuts, and caviar, which account for Iran's second largest source of hard-currency earnings. This gesture was intended as good-will efforts toward improving relations between the United States and Iran. (7) This gesture was premature since Iran has not shown signs of respecting the rights of minorities within Iran, has not ended its support for international terrorism, and has not terminated weapons of mass destruction and ballistic missile programs. SEC. 2. IMMEDIATELY ENDING THE UNITED STATES IMPORTATION OF IRANIAN GOODS. Notwithstanding any other provision of law and except as provided in section 3, no textile or food article that is produced, grown, or manufactured in Iran shall enter or be imported into the United States. SEC. 3. CONDITIONS FOR THE RESUMPTION OF UNITED STATES IMPORTATION OF IRANIAN GOODS. (a) General Waiver.--Except as provided in subsection (b), the President may waive the prohibition on the importation of Iranian goods to the United States 90 days after submitting a certification to the Committee on Foreign Relations of the Senate and the Committee on International Relations of the House of Representatives stating that-- (1) Iran has shown substantial progress in respecting the rights of ethnic and religious minorities and is meeting internationally recognized human rights standards including due process under law; (2) Iran has ceased its support for international terrorism; and (3) Iran has terminated its weapons of mass destruction and ballistic missile programs. (b) National Security Interest Waiver.--If the President determines that it is in the national security interests of the United States to do so, the President may waive the prohibition on the importation of Iranian goods 90 days after submitting a certification to the congressional committees described in subsection (a) stating that Iran meets the requirements of subsection (a)(1). <all>
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