ROSEN-BACKED BIPARTISAN LEGISLATION TO HOLD IRANIAN GOVERNMENT ACCOUNTABLE PASSES THE HOUSE
WASHINGTON, D.C. -- Congresswoman Jacky Rosen (NV-03) released the following statement today after the Iran Human Rights and Hostage-Taking Accountability Act, a bipartisan bill she co-sponsored, passed the House unanimously. H.R. 4744 requires the President to determine whether senior members of the Iranian government are responsible for human rights abuses, calling out the regime’s practice of taking Americans and other foreign nationals hostage, and imposing personal sanctions on any Iranian official responsible for unlawful detentions. Rosen also recently co-sponsored H.R. 5132, the Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps Economic Exclusion Act. This bipartisan bill aims to hold the Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) accountable for their actions, including affiliates and front companies that have supported terrorism, the Assad regime, or other destabilizing activities on behalf of the IRGC.
“I'm committed to working across the aisle in Congress to hold the Iranian government accountable for its dangerous actions,” said Rosen. “These bills honor our international obligations while also taking necessary steps to prevent this bad actor from further destabilizing an already fragile region. I will continue to work with my colleagues on the House Armed Services Committee on devising a strategy that helps to deliver stability and peace to this part of the world.”
BACKGROUND: In 2017, Congress imposed terrorism-related sanctions on the IRGC. H.R. 5132 continues to target Iran’s destabilizing activities in the region.
In October 2017, the House overwhelmingly passed the bipartisan Iran Ballistic Missiles and International Sanctions Enforcement Act (H.R. 1698), a bill co-sponsored by Rosen and over 300 of her colleagues. The legislation would authorize the Administration to hold Iran accountable for its illicit ballistic missile program and to impose sanctions on entities that supply the regime with ballistic missile technologies. H.R. 1698 passed the House overwhelmingly by a vote of 423 to two.