Mr. CROWLEY. Mr. Speaker, I rise today in support of the Iran Threat Reduction Act of 2011.
I want to thank both the Chairman and the Ranking Member of the Committee on Foreign Affairs for their efforts on passing this important legislation.
I am a proud co-sponsor of this bill.
Iran's efforts to obtain nuclear capabilities and its support for terrorism form one of our most serious foreign policy challenges.
And, the Iranian regime's treatment of its own people horrifies the world.
This legislation sends a strong message to the Iranian government--there is a price to pay for ignoring the will of the international community.
It is no secret that Iran has been a destabilizing and dangerous force in the Middle East.
From repeatedly threatening our ally Israel to providing support for attacks on U.S. troops in the region, Iran has sought at every turn to thwart U.S. and international efforts.
Let's be clear though--while the Iranian government conceives of these actions, it is the cruel and twisted core of the Iranian regime--the Iran Revolutionary Guard Corps--that executes its daily threats and brutalities. That's why it is so important that this measure targets the IRGC.
This legislation isn't all that we must do. It is also time for tough and lasting pressure on those who do business with the Central Bank of Iran.
The world must not allow Iran to obtain nuclear capabilities, for the sake of the region and the world.