Obama signs stiffer Iran sanctions

President Obama signed broad new sanctions against Iran into law on Friday, but not before lawmakers of both parties expressed frustration that the bill had been sitting on his desk for a week.

The top Democrat and Republican on the House Foreign Affairs panel have been urging Obama to sign into law a broad range of sanctions against Iran that Congress passed almost unanimously before breaking for summer recess last week.

Rep. Howard Berman (D-Calif.), the top Democrat on the committee, agreed.

“With each passing day, the Iranian government continues to spin its centrifuges,” Berman told The Hill in a statement. “The sooner the sanctions are signed into law, the sooner we can plug loopholes in the current sanctions regime and the sooner the Iranian regime will feel increased pressure.”


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