Today, the House approved two amendments, authored by U.S. Congressman Brad Schneider (IL-10), to the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA).
The first amendment is aimed at disrupting the flow of arms to the Syrian regime, and the second would require an analysis of current Iran sanctions in order to assess their effectiveness. Both amendments passed the House unanimously.
"These amendments seek to address the turmoil in the Middle East and ensure the safety and stability of our allies in the region," said Schneider. "We must increase the pace and intensity of sanctions against Iran, and to do that efficiently we must understand how effective our current efforts are. Iran is constantly trying to diversify its economy and enhance its nuclear capabilities, and my amendment helps us keep the pressure on Iran."
Schneider, a member of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, has been outspoken on intensifying pressure on Iran, isolating Syrian President Bashar al-Assad and maintaining regional stability.
In addition to authoring a letter to Secretary of State Kerry cautioning the potential transfer of advanced weapons from Russia to Syria, Schneider urged Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki to stop the flow of Iranian arms across his country to the al-Assad regime. Earlier this year, Schneider worked with his colleagues to coauthor new sanction measures against Iran.
The NDAA--for which Schneider voted--authorizes increased cooperation between the U.S. and Israel to support important missile defense programs like Iron Dome. The NDAA also helps address sexual assaults in the military by increasing punishment and instituting new protocols and provides a 1.8 percent pay increase for military personnel. The bill passed the House by a vote of 315 to 108.