Congress Tightens Sanctions Against Iran and Hizballah

Oct 26, 2017

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The U.S. House of Representatives overwhelmingly passed the Iran Ballistic Missiles and International Sanctions Enforcement Act and the Hizballah International Financing Prevention Amendments Act of 2017, both of which address the dangerous aggression of Iran and the terrorist organization, Hizballah. 

Today the House passed 423-2 the Iran Ballistic Missiles and International Sanctions Enforcement Act, known as H.R. 1698, which expands sanctions against Iran's illicit ballistic missile program and its aggressive behavior in the region. The bill states: “the President shall impose sanctions against: (1) Iranian government agencies involved in ballistic missile development; (2) foreign entities that supply material for, or otherwise facilitate or finance, such efforts; (3) foreign persons or foreign government agencies that import, export, or re-export prohibited arms or related material to or from Iran; and (4) foreign persons or entities that transfer goods or technologies contributing to Iran's ability to acquire or develop ballistic missiles, including launch technology, and destabilizing numbers and types of advanced conventional weapons.”

The Hizballah International Financing Prevention Amendments Act of 2017, known as H.R. 3329, was passed yesterday in the House by an overwhelming voice vote. H.R. 3329 cuts off the flow of resources to the Lebanese-based terrorist organization and its affiliates, and targets foreign governments, individuals and companies that support them. H.R. 3329 strengthens and expands the scope of economic and financial sanctions by previous legislation imposed on Hizballah, the Shi'a Islamic political party and militant group. This bill is significant in light of Hizballah’s global reach to areas in the Western Hemisphere where it is involved in organized crime such as drug trade, trafficking of exotic animals and black-market sales of precious metals and gems to finance its terror activities and its fighting in support of the Assad regime in Syria. In addition, H.R. 3329 requires that Congress receive information on Hizballah’s illicit activities, which legislators could use to better fund the resources necessary to counter the terrorist group.

“Congress made two great decisions to increase sanctions against Iran and Hizballah, a recognized terrorist group,” said Mat Staver, Founder and Chairman of Liberty Counsel, President of Christians in Defense of Israel, and Founder and President of Covenant Journey. “I commend Congress for enacting these bills to stop Iran’s emerging threat over much of the Middle East and where Hizballah terrorists continue to be a serious threat to the United States and Israel,” said Staver.

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