Barletta votes for tough measures on Iran, Hezbollah

Oct 26, 2017
Press Release
WASHINGTON—Today, the House voted to pass H.R. 1698, Iran Missile Program Sanctions Act, to apply sanctions against Iran’s acquisition of missile technology. The measure, joining a package of three other related bills which passed the House yesterday, aims to counter the continued destabilizing actions by Hezbollah and Iran.  This comes in the wake of the Trump Administration’s steps to decertify the Iran deal on October 13, 2017. 
 
“The House acted forcefully today to align with President Trump’s new Iran strategy,” Rep. Lou Barletta (PA-11) said after passage of the bills.  “Appeasement of the Iranian regime and their terrorist proxies is over.  America needs to respond forcefully in the face of terror and the actions taken today are important steps in that direction.”
 
The bills show a broad new strategy of applying sanctions on Iran’s ability to access ballistic missile markets and applies new sanctions against international support for Hezbollah.  Hezbollah is a Shiite Muslim political and military organization based in Lebanon that the State Department considers a terrorist organization. The groups received support from the Shiite government of Iran.
 
The Iranian regime has a notorious history of funding terrorism around the world, as well as providing material aid to the North Korean regime in their development of nuclear weapon technology.  Reports have also pointed to significant Iranian involvement in the Iraq War, leading to the deaths of thousands of American soldiers.
 
Under Khamenei, Iran exports violence, destabilizes its neighbors, and sponsors terrorism abroad.  The reckless behavior of the Iranian regime and the IRGC in particular, poses one of the most dangerous threats to the interests of the United States and to regional stability.  The Iranian regime has taken advantage of regional conflicts and instability to aggressively expand its regional influence and threaten its neighbors with little domestic or international cost for its actions. 
 
In 2011, Iranian backed Mannsor Arbabsiar conspired to assassinate the Saudi Arabian Ambassador to the United States at a restaurant in Washington, D.C..  Arbabsiar was recruited by a cousin who was a senior official in the Quds Force.  The Quds Force of Iran was designated as a terrorist supporter by the Department of Treasury in 2007.
 
In 2016, Russia delivered a powerful S-300 air-defense missile system to Iran as part of an arms deal that was unfrozen as a result of the Iranian nuclear deal.  Russia had suspended the deliveries in 2010 after protests from Israel and the United States.
 
Passed October 26, 2017
 
H.R. 1698, Iran Missile Program Sanctions Act, requires the President to impose additional sanctions on entities and individuals supporting Iran’s development of ballistic missiles and report to Congress about Iran’s ballistic missile supply chain.  Barletta is a cosponsor. This measure passed the House by a vote of 423 to 2.
 
Passed October 25, 2017
 
H.R. 3342, Sanctioning Hizballah’s Illicit Use of Civilians as Defenseless Shields Act, directs the President to impose economic sanctions on, and bar U.S. entry by, members of Hezbollah who have used human shields. This measure passed the House by voice vote.
 
H.R. 3329, the Hizballah International Financing Prevention Amendments Act, directs the president to impose new sanctions on financial institutions and foreign governments that support Hezbollah and affiliated organizations.  Barletta is a cosponsor.  This measure passed the House by voice vote.
 
H. Res. 359, Urging the European Union to designate Hizballah in its entirety as a terrorist organization and increase pressure on it and its members, urges the European Union to align with the United States in designating Hezbollah as a terrorist organization to better fight the war on terror. This measure passed the House by voice vote.
 
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