05.09.16

President Signs Senator David Perdue's Bill To Stop ISIS From Selling Looted Artifacts Into Law

Bipartisan bill restricts terrorists’ ability to profit from antiquities sales

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senator David Perdue (R-GA), a member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee and an original co-sponsor, released the following statement after President Obama signed into law the Protect and Preserve International Cultural Property Act:

“ISIS is raiding the cradle of civilization—destroying cultural property and selling artifacts on the black market—to help fund its reign of terror and purge the Middle East of non-Islamic history. Similar crimes have been committed throughout history, and the United States has led international efforts to protect cultural property and heritage. I am glad we were able to come together and stem the flow of money to ISIS by preventing these terrorists and their networks from selling stolen antiquities to anyone in the United States.”

Senators David Perdue (R-GA), Chuck Grassley (R-IA), and Bob Casey (D-PA) introduced the Protect and Preserve International Cultural Property Act in the U.S. Senate in July 2015. Congressmen Ed Royce (R-CA-39) and Eliot Engel (D-NY-16) previously introduced the bill in the House of Representatives in June 2015.

The Protect and Preserve International Cultural Property Act unanimously passed the Senate Foreign Relations Committee on February 2, 2016, and the U.S. Senate on April 13, 2016. The legislation was signed into law today.