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Senate votes 86 to 12 to maintain US economic sanctions on Iran's Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC), and rejecting any possible Biden deal to remove IRGC from terror list

Sen. Ted Cruz, who wrote the measure, also warns Senate colleagues of growing and dangerous collusion between Iran and China

Members of Iran's Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps march during a parade to commemorate the anniversary of the Iran-Iraq war (1980-88), in Tehran, Sep. 22, 2011. (Photo: Reuters/Stringer)

JERUSALEM—By a vote of 86-12, the U.S. Senate overwhelmingly approved a motion introduced by Senator Ted Cruz (R-Texas) to maintain economic sanctions on Iran generally, and the Central Bank of Iran and the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) specifically.

The bipartisan measure also explicitly rejected any possible move by the Biden administration to remove the IRGC from the U.S. foreign terror organization list to close a deal with Tehran.

Both before and after the vote, Cruz focused on the increasingly dangerous link between Iran and China.

“The Biden administration has refused to enforce oil sanctions against Iran, allowing Iran to sell more than a million barrels of oil a day, primarily to China,” Cruz said during a speech on the Senate floor.

“At the same time, the Biden administration is negotiating to lift terrorism sanctions on the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps and the Central Bank of Iran….If you support terrorism sanctions on the IRGC you should vote yes. And if you want to lift those sanctions you should vote no.”

After the vote, Cruz told Senate colleagues, “Today’s vote represents an overwhelming and bipartisan rebuke of the administration’s policies that are ignoring and weakening sanctions against Iran. The Senate made absolutely clear that it will reject any attempt to dismantle terrorism sanctions on the CBI and the IRGC.”

To read Cruz’s “Motion to Instruct,” please click here.

The All Israel News Staff is a team of journalists in Israel.

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