05.26.17

Senator David Perdue Joins Efforts To Hold Iran Accountable

“President Obama’s failed nuclear deal empowered Iran to become more blatantly aggressive.”

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senator David Perdue (R-GA), a member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, joined thirteen senators, led by Senator Bob Corker (R-TN) in holding Iran accountable for its increasingly aggressive behavior. The senators are taking steps to expand sanctions on Iran for the development of ballistic missiles, support for terrorism, transfers of conventional weapons to or from Iran, and human rights violations.

“President Obama’s failed nuclear deal enriched and empowered Iran to become more blatantly aggressive in its destabilizing actions in the Middle East,” said Senator Perdue. “The Iranian regime has taken full advantage of the benefits of the deal, increasing its pursuit of regional supremacy since it was signed. We now have a President who sees the value in remaining firm with the world’s leading state sponsor of terrorism. Congress is joining President Trump in sending a message that has been absent in Iran for too long: the United States will be taken seriously.”

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. The Senate Foreign Relations Committee passed the Countering Iran’s Destabilizing Activities Act of 2017 on May 25, 2017.

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.