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CRAMER: House Votes Hold Iran and Syria Accountable for Illegal Actions

Nov 17, 2016
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WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congressman Kevin Cramer said three bills the House of Representatives passed this week have given notice to the regimes in Iran and Syrian regimes they will be held accountable for their illegal actions.


H.R. 6297, The Iran Sanctions Extension Act extends the legislation imposing sanctions on Iran for another 10 years. When enacted in 1996, the Iran-Libya Sanctions Act imposed sanctions against foreign companies investing in Iran’s oil sector. It later expanded to provide a wider array of sanctions, including technology and weaponry related to weapons of mass destruction (WMD), gasoline, or participation in Iran’s gas, oil or uranium mining sectors. The original bill was due to expire on Dec. 31.


“The Obama Administration’s Iran Deal waived many of the sanctions in the original bill,” said Cramer. “However, this bill will continue sanctions on those knowingly helping Iran develop WMDs.  And, the snap-back sanctions in this bill send a strong message to Iran there will be consequences for non-compliance of the Iran Deal.”


The other bills address the sale of commercial aircraft to Iran and impose sanctions on the Assad regime of Syria. 


H.R. 5711 prohibits the Secretary of the Treasury from authorizing certain transactions by U.S. financial institutions regarding export or re-export of a commercial passenger aircraft to Iran. 


H.R. 5732, The Caesar Syria Civilian Protection Act of 2016 places sanctions on the Assad regime in Syria by targeting certain industries that do business with the government. The sanctions run through 2021, but can be suspended if there are meaningful negotiations. Specifically targeted are the sale of military equipment, aircraft parts and fuel.  It also authorizes State Department to assist entities investigating war crimes in Syria.


“Iran and Syria remain very troubled parts of the world,” said Cramer. “Through these bills, we are sending a strong message about the resolve of the leadership by the United States Congress to hold these regimes accountable for their actions.”