Congresswoman Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-FL) issued the following statement as four Foreign Affairs bills that she cosponsored and supports will be debated on the floor today and expected to pass in the House this week. These bills are important measures to toughen Iran sanctions, reaffirm the U.S. relationship with Jordan and South Korea, and support human rights in Vietnam. Statement by Ros-Lehtinen:
"This week on the floor, I am happy to support four bipartisan bills that advance Congress' foreign policy objectives. It's long past time for the Administration to realize that Tehran has no intentions of giving up its nuclear program willfully, and we must ratchet up the pressure to force it to do so. Passing the Nuclear Iran Prevention Act will strengthen sanctions already on the books against Iran and press the Iranian regime into abandoning its nuclear ambitions. It will also serve as a warning to other rogue regimes that would seek to follow in Iran's footsteps that they should think twice before going down the wrong path.
"Another bill I am proud to support on the floor this week reaffirms South Korea as one of our strongest allies that stands firmly for the ideals of democracy and freedom. This bill sends a message to Pyongyang that it must abide by international law and cease its nuclear program. I'm also pleased to support a resolution recognizing our long-term partnership and friendship with the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan. Jordan is a key ally and great friend of the U.S. in this volatile region, especially as it faces new burdens with the thousands of Syrian refugees, and it is important that we reaffirm our support for, and partnership with, Jordan."
"And finally, I am pleased to cosponsor the Vietnam Human Rights Act, which seeks to advance democracy, freedom and human rights in this nation. This bill will condition aid to Vietnam unless the government meets specific requirements to improve its abysmal human rights record."