NEW YORK – Congressman Lee Zeldin (R – NY-1), member of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, joined with Congressmen Peter J. Roskam (R, IL-6), Leonard Lance (R, NJ-7), and Doug Lamborn (R, CO-5), co-chairs of the House Republican Israel Caucus, to introduce the Iran Nonnuclear Sanctions Act of 2017 (H.R.808), which targets the Islamic Republic’s support for terrorism, human rights abuses, and ballistic missile program, and restores sanctions to hold Iran accountable. Introduction of this bill comes days after U.S. officials reported that Iran carried out a medium-range ballistic missile test in violation of a United Nations Security Council resolution. You can read a copy of the bill text here.
The Iran Nonnuclear Sanctions Act includes language to:
Impose new sanctions against Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) and Mahan Air, an Iranian airline that has helped the IRGC to spread terrorism and militancy;
Create a new Treasury Department watchlist for entities in which the IRGC has an ownership interest of less than 25 percent;
Provides states authorization to divest from people who engage in investment with the IRGC or IRGC-owned companies;
Expand current sanctions and imposes new sanctions against Iran for its egregious human rights abuses, while also mandating full transparency to Congress on all American citizens detained or kidnapped by Iran and U.S. government efforts to free them;
Impose new sanctions against persons who knowingly aid Iran’s ballistic missile program;
Mandate new sanctions against entities owned 25 percent or greater or controlled by Iran’s key ballistic missile organizations, including the Aerospace Industries Organization, the Shahid Hemmat Industrial Group, or the Shahid Bakeri Industrial Group;
Require a presidential certification that persons listed in U.N. Security Council Resolutions are not engaged in activities related to ballistic missiles and requires the imposition of sanctions if that certification cannot be made;
Impose sanctions on persons involved in sectors of Iran’s economy who support, directly or indirectly, Iran’s ballistic program; and
Codify current prohibitions against Iran’s direct and indirect access to the U.S. financial system, while also streamlining and strengthening the requirements for the president to remove Iran or any other country from the state sponsors of terrorism list.
Congressman Zeldin said, “The United States and its allies must hold Iran accountable for its behavior and address all of the Iranians’ other very destabilizing activities, which included a missile test just this week that violated a UN resolution. Iran is the largest state sponsor of terrorism, actively working to overthrow foreign governments, while pledging to wipe Israel off the map and chanting Death to America in their streets. We must also correct the flawed Iran Nuclear Agreement to prevent Iran from developing or acquiring a nuclear weapon. We need to pursue a stronger, more consistent foreign policy, which strengthens our relationships with our relationships with our allies and treats our adversaries as our adversaries.”
U.S. Senators Marco Rubio (R-FL), Todd Young (R-IN), and John Cornyn (R-TX) introduced similar legislation in the United States Senate, the Iran Non-nuclear Sanctions Act (S.227). You can view a copy of the bill text here.
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