House passes its version of INA relief

The House passed by voice vote last night legislation that would amend a provision of the Iran Nonproliferation Act that prevents NASA from purchasing Russian space hardware and services. The Iran Nonproliferation Amendments Act (S.1713), was approved by unanimous consent in the Senate last month. However, the House amended the bill slightly, as the Washington Post explains: the Senate version would prohibit payments starting in 2012, but allow those services and goods to be delivered after that date; the House version would terminate all contracts in 2012, regardless of when the payments were made. The bill also extends the policy to nuclear-related imports to Syria and nuclear exports by both Iran and Syria. The Senate is expected to approve the House version of the bill and send it on to the President, who, the Post reports, “despite some early misgivings, is prepared to sign it.”

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