06.15.17

Senator David Perdue Comments On Senate Approval Of Sanctions Against Iran & Russia

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senator David Perdue (R-GA), a member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, comments on the Senate’s bipartisan approval of strengthening U.S. sanctions against Iran and Russia:

“Nuclear deal or not, Iran is still the world’s largest state sponsor of terrorism. This has got to stop. A bad nuclear deal did nothing to stop the expansion of Iran’s ballistic missile program, aggression, or support for terrorism. After the Obama Administration’s eight years of ignoring bad actors around the world, the Senate acted decisively today to further clamp down on Iran’s destabilizing behavior and curb Russia’s regional aggression. These new sanctions send a strong warning to both Iran and Russia that the U.S. will hold them accountable for their actions.”

Background:

The Countering Iran’s Destabilizing Activities Act of 2017 imposes mandatory sanctions on individuals involved with Iran’s ballistic missile program and those who transact with them. It also applies terrorism sanctions to the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) and codifies sanctions on individuals who are currently sanctioned due to Iranian support for terrorism. It will strengthen and expand current U.S. sanctions against the government of Russia in response to Russia’s violation of the territorial integrity of the Ukraine and Crimea, its cyber-attacks on critical U.S. infrastructure, and its continuing aggression in Syria.

Senator Perdue has been working for two years to hold Iran accountable for its belligerent actions and nefarious behavior. To do so, he has:

  • Led a letter, with 12 other senators, to Secretary Tillerson, Secretary Mnuchin and Attorney General Sessions requesting a report on the Obama Administration’s prisoner swap with Iran.
  • Supported President Trump’s sanctions against Iran.
  • Introduced legislation to prohibit cash payments to state sponsors of terrorism, including Iran.
  • Pursued action on the Department of the Treasury’s decision to approve licenses for the sale of American aircraft to an Iranian airline with ties to terrorism.

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Senator Perdue is the only Fortune 500 CEO in Congress and is serving his first term in the United States Senate, where he represents Georgia on the Armed Services, Banking, Budget, and Agriculture Committees.