Sending Office: Honorable Josh Gottheimer
As members who have serious concerns about the threat of a nuclear-armed Iran, we invite you to join us in signing the below bipartisan letter to Secretary of State Rex Tillerson. This letter urges the Secretary to maintain and prioritize the appointment
of the Coordinator for Sanctions Policy, who has played a critical role in implementing sanctions on Iran, North Korea, Russia, and other dangerous actors.
We should not eliminate this office at a time when we are actively seeking support from European allies and our partners around the world to join the United States in imposing sanctions on Iran, North Korea, and Russia. The United States must continue to
cooperate with the international community to implement, enforce, and strengthen crippling multilateral sanctions against our adversaries. We ask you to join us in urging Secretary Tillerson to maintain this position, and swiftly appoint an experienced, senior
diplomat to lead this effort across our government.
If you have any questions or wish to sign on, please contact Daniel Marrow with Rep. Gottheimer at
Daniel.Marrow@mail.house.gov (x60467) or Lauren Canfield with Rep. Stefanik at
Lauren.Canfield@mail.house.gov (x 5-4611). Deadline to sign is this Wednesday, November 1 at COB.
Josh Gottheimer Elise M. Stefanik
Member of Congress Member of Congress
October XX, 2017
The Honorable Rex W. Tillerson
Secretary of State
U.S. Department of State
2201 C Street, N.W.
Washington, D.C. 20520
Dear Secretary Tillerson:
We are writing in response to reports that this administration will not continue the State Department’s Coordinator for Sanctions Policy. As members of Congress who support diplomacy and multilateral sanctions, we urge you to maintain and prioritize the
appointment of this critical position in State’s Counter Threat Finance and Sanctions deputate.
The State Department’s 2010 Quadrennial Diplomacy and Development Review (QDDR) called for improving State’s capacity to use sanctions and support efforts to combat illicit finance, including the establishment of the office of the Coordinator for Sanctions
policy under the Deputy Assistant Secretary for Counter Threat Finance and Sanctions (DAS). In its most recent inspection of the Bureau of Economic and Business Affairs (EB), the State Department’s Inspector General reported that “the coordinator and DAS meet
frequently and cooperate on briefing Congress and consultations with foreign governments. EB staff provides substantial support to the coordinator, particularly on Iran sanctions.”
We should not be cutting this office at a time when we are actively seeking support from European allies and others around the world to join the United States in imposing sanctions on Iran, North Korea, and Russia. Rather, it is critical that the State Department
maintains the position of Coordinator at the rank of Ambassador, and swiftly appoints an experienced, senior diplomat to this role. Doing so would also demonstrate this administration’s commitment to a comprehensive and coordinated interagency sanctions policy.
We believe that pursuing multilateral sanctions, including U.N. Security Council resolutions, is one of the most effective means of exerting maximum pressure on the United States’ adversaries. The U.S. currently has at least 27 different sanctions regimes
in place, including those authorized by the recently-passed Countering America’s Adversaries Through Sanctions Act of 2017 (CAATSA). We are hopeful that restoring this office will help this administration to implement these overdue Congressionally-mandated
The United States must continue to pursue cooperation with allies to implement, enforce, and strengthen crippling multilateral sanctions against our adversaries. We urge you to use your authority to fully staff State’s Counter Threat Finance and Sanctions
with the Coordinator for Sanctions Policy.
Thank you in advance for your prompt reply.
Elise M. Stefanik
Member of Congress
Member of Congress
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