- The Washington Times - Tuesday, September 8, 2015

Republican governors are rallying to stop state money from flowing to Iran, vowing to do what they can to stymie the lifting of sanctions on the Islamic Republic, independent of President Obama’s nuclear deal.

Under the terms of that deal, Mr. Obama pledged to push states to give up their own sanctions that spurred divestment from or contracting with Iranian interests — but a group of governors has rejected that.

“These state-level sanctions are critically important and must be maintained,” the governors wrote in a letter to the president.

They earned a major backer Tuesday in House Speaker John A. Boehner, who threw his support behind the effort, saying state-level sanctions are an appropriate tool. He urged other governors to join the effort.

Because the deal Mr. Obama negotiated with Iran isn’t deemed a treaty, it cannot override those state-level sanctions. The administration has pledged to Iran, however, that it will encourage states to lift their restrictions.

Four GOP presidential hopefuls were among the 15 governors who signed the letter: Chris Christie of New Jersey, Bobby Jindal of Louisiana, Scott Walker of Wisconsin and John Kasich of Ohio.

• Stephen Dinan can be reached at sdinan@washingtontimes.com.

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