Today, Congressman Gary Palmer (R-AL) voted for H.R. 3457, the Justice for Victims of Iranian Terrorism Act. Introduced by Rep. Pat Meehan (R-PA) and co-sponsored by Palmer, this bill would prohibit the lifting of any U.S. sanctions targeting Iran unless Iran pays an estimated $43.5 billion it owes in unpaid judgements as ordered by U.S. Courts, the result of civil actions taken by victims of Iranian sponsored terrorism. U.S. courts have held Iran liable for a number of attacks carried out by its terrorist proxies, including the 1983 bombing of the U.S. Marine Barracks in Beirut and 1996 bombing of the Khobar Towers in Saudi Arabia, which together killed 260 American servicemen.
"The recent "Iran Deal', allows for billions in sanctions relief without compensating victims of Iranian sponsored terrorism," Palmer said. "This is wrong. Iran is the world's leading state-sponsor of terrorism, and they should not receive one cent of sanctions relief, especially before they pay for the damage they have caused to so many innocent victims."
Congressman Palmer has consistently opposed the Join Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPA) executive agreement, known as the "Iran Deal,' and has previously called on the Administration to provide the text of the "side deals' concerning the agreement. He has also co-sponsored legislation that would require the deal to be treated as a treaty.
A video including information on numerous victims of Iranian sponsored terrorism can be viewed here:
Palmer also supported the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), which passed today. The House previously passed the NDAA, which was later passed in the Senate, with some modifications. You can read his previous statement here.