Florida Republicans on Capitol Hill work with Mike Pompeo on tougher Iran sanctions
This week, four Republicans in the Florida congressional delegation supported tougher sanctions on Iran.
Florida Republican US Representatives Kat Cammack, Scott franklin, Greg Stuebe and Michael waltz supported the proposed sanctions unveiled by the former US Sec. of State Mike Pompeo and US Representative Jim Banks, R-Ind., The President of the Republican Study Committee.
The sanctions “would prolong the maximum pressure campaign of the Trump era; expand sanctions against Iran to include the iron, steel, aluminum, copper, construction, manufacturing, mining, textile, finance and petrochemical industries; tackle the conventional arms trade with Iran; expand reporting requirements to provide a clearer picture of human rights violations committed by Iran against the Iraqi, Syrian, Lebanese, Yemeni and Venezuelan people; work to prevent Iran from acquiring ballistic missiles in addition to a nuclear weapon; sanction those who actively work to support the IRGC Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps; and prohibit the lifting of these sanctions without a vote from Congress. “
Steube noted that Banks’ bill contains his “Iran-backed Terrorist Militia Sanction Law” which will impose sanctions on the Iranian-backed Kata’ib Sayyid al-Shuhada (KSS) in Iraq.
Last month, Steube introduced the bill and expressed some disappointment at the Biden administration’s early efforts on Iran.
“Not only does the Iranian-backed KSS pose a serious threat to peace and stability in the region, but they are also directly responsible for the deaths of the US military in Iraq,” Steube said when presenting the proposal. . “Their continued attacks on the Americans and our strategic interests demand a strong and decisive response from the Biden administration, but all we have seen from senior Biden officials so far are dangerous concessions and a radical appeasement.
“KSS is an Iranian-backed Iraqi militia against which President Joe Biden recently launched airstrikes in Syria. Formerly under the command of Qassem Soleimani, this militia was tasked with leading a network of coordinated improvised explosive device (IED) attacks, which killed scores of US troops during the Iraq war. Under Soleimani, the KSS was also implicated in gross human rights violations in Syria, fighting to support the Assad regime, ”Steube’s office noted.
“KSS called the United States and Israel legitimate targets they would attack on the battlefield, prompting the former Trump administration to begin the process of sanctioning this group on February 14, 2020. Its administration imposed sanctions related to export control to KSS for non-proliferation. , but the group has not yet been sanctioned as a specially designated national ”, continued the office of Steube.
Steube applauded Banks’ proposal as “the toughest sanctions package ever proposed against Iran” and targeted Biden’s White House.
“Joe Biden’s dangerous overthrow of Trump-era Iranian policy and the steps taken to join the JCPOA only serve to set the United States on the path to future wars and prepare the Middle East for chaos more destabilizing, ”Steube said. “I am honored to work with President Banks and the Republican Study Committee on this legislation, which would make Pompeo’s maximum pressure sanctions permanent while protecting our regional allies, like Israel.
Franklin noted that he was “proud” to support the proposal “which will help the United States regain a position of strength against Iran.”
Cammack praised Pompeo and “his leadership under the Trump administration and is delighted to continue working with him as we stand up against Iran.” The congresswoman also supported “maximum pressure on the Iranians”.
The banks’ proposal was sent to a whopping six committees on Wednesday with shutdowns scheduled before US House Foreign Affairs; Financial services; Judicial; Monitoring and reform; Means and methods; and the settlement committees.
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