U.S. Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-FL), Chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, released the following statement on the President's issuance of an Executive Order "Prohibiting Certain Transactions with and Suspending Entry into the United States of Foreign Sanctions Evaders with Respect to Iran and Syria":
"It's long overdue for the U.S. to target those who enable the Iranian and Syrian regimes by willfully evading sanctions on these pariahs and continuing to provide them the resources to continue their threatening activities.
"However, underlying U.S. sanctions law also needs to be strengthened, and fast, in order to stop the threat posed by these rogue regimes. The Administration must apply direct sanctions on all high-ranking Iranian regime officials, including the so-called "Supreme Leader' and his inner circle."
NOTE: Ros-Lehtinen is the author of H.R. 1905, the Iran Threat Reduction Act. The bill was approved by the House by a vote of 410-11. The bill strengthens, updates, and replaces previous Iran sanctions laws to ensure that current law vigorously addresses the multiple threats posed by Iran. The bill closes loopholes in energy and financial sanctions, including by targeting the Central Bank of Iran. The bill also targets the Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps and senior Iranian regime officials.
Ros-Lehtinen is also the author of H.R. 2105, the Iran, North Korea, and Syria Nonproliferation Reform and Modernization Act, which was approved by the House by a vote of 418-2. The bill expands sanctions on those assisting Iran, North Korea, and Syria in the development of their weapons programs, including their nuclear programs.