Congressman Robert Hurt today released the following statement after the Iran Threat Reduction and Syria Human Rights Act passed the House of Representatives with strong bipartisan support by a vote of 421 -- 6. Congressman Hurt is a cosponsor of this measure:
"As Iran inches dangerously close to nuclear capability, it is critical that we take proactive measures to enforce policies that will deter and disengage the Iranian regime from its hostile nuclear proliferation program. This legislation takes meaningful steps to address this pressing problem by tightening and expanding sanctions on Iran's energy sector. This strengthened version of H.R. 1905 seeks to ensure that current sanctions will not be evaded by making Iranian energy off limits and prohibiting any interaction with the regime - financial or otherwise. As the Iranian nuclear threat continues to evolve, so should the United States' ability to address it and limiting Iran's access to the resources necessary carry out their quest for nuclear capability is critical to our security as well as to the security of our allies."