|WASHINGTON, District of Columbia – Rep. Vicky Hartzler (R-Mo.), House Armed Services Oversight and Investigations Subcommittee Chairwoman, on Tuesday voted to extend the Iran Sanctions Act, giving Congress the tools it needs to check a rogue Iranian regime from pursuing malicious activities.
“Before President Obama’s flawed nuclear deal with Iran, strong sanctions kept the world’s largest state sponsor of terrorism at bay from even more destructive behavior,” said Rep. Hartzler.
First passed 20 years ago, the Iran Sanctions Act supports sanctions on Iran’s illicit weapons programs and ballistic missile development that were not suspended as part of the nuclear deal. The act, and the sanctions allowed under it, are set to expire at the end of this year. The bill passed in the House of Representatives on Tuesday would extend the law for another 10 years.
“After the President’s bad nuclear deal lifted so many sanctions and gave the regime billions in relief, we cannot fail to pass this bill,” Hartzler continued.
Iran continues to buy destabilizing weapons systems from Russia and funnels weapons and assistance to its terrorist proxies to prop up the murderous Assad regime and threaten Israel.
“Passing this bill sends a message to the world that we are not going to stand for Iran’s continued destructive role in the Middle East, and it mitigates some of the damage done by the President’s dangerous nuclear deal,” Hartzler added.
The bill now goes to the Senate, where Hartzler said she is hopeful for quick consideration and passage. If the Senate passes the bill, it would then go to the President’s desk.
Rep. Hartzler represents Missouri’s Fourth Congressional District in the U.S. House of Representatives.