Today, Representative Peter Roskam (IL-6), along with Reps. Devin Nunes (CA-22), Mike Pompeo (KS-4), and Lee Zeldin (NY-1), introduced the Quarantining the Ayatollah's State-Sponsored Aggression and Militancy (QASSAM) Act, to ensure that sanctions relief, as authorized under President Obama's Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action, does not provide Iran's Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) with an influx of hard currency to finance its illicit activity.
The IRGC is an elite branch of Iran's armed forces responsible for planning and executing terrorist attacks against American citizens and other civilians around the globe. The IRGC equips and trains Foreign Terrorist Organizations (FTOs) including Hamas in Gaza and Hezbollah in Lebanon. The Corps supports Bashar al-Assad and his murderous regime in Syria, finances the Houthi militia in Yemen, and is widely believed to have orchestrated the deadly AMIA bombings in Buenos Aires, Argentina. The IRGC poses a direct threat to our national security and that of our allies.
This bill comes on the heels of a report from the UN Security Council's Panel of Experts, which declared Iran's recent ballistic missile tests to be in clear violation of binding UN resolutions, and calls from Democrats and Republicans on Capitol Hill to ramp up terrorism and human rights-related sanctions against the Islamic Republic. Earlier this week, the International Atomic Energy Agency agreed to close its file on Iran's past nuclear work, clearing the way for implementation of the JCPOA and sanctions relief for Iran in the coming weeks.
Representative Roskam released the following statement:
"Iran will soon be emboldened by billions of dollars in sanctions relief, including a signing bonus of upwards of $100 billion thanks to President Obama's bad deal. This influx of cash will only further the IRGC's ability to repress the Iranian people and wreak havoc across the region through its terrorist proxies. We must use all of the tools at our disposal to keep money from flowing to terrorist organizations -- it's a matter of national security."
Earlier today, Roskam supported and Congress passed legislation to sanction banks that do business with Hezbollah, a terrorist organization founded by the IRGC. Earlier this month he introduced a resolution reaffirming states' rights to sanction the Iranian regime for sponsoring terrorism and violating human rights.