It's time to stop rewarding bad actors for their bad behavior

Communications • February 2, 2016

Washington D.C. — House Republican Conference Chair Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R-WA) released the following statement after the House passed the Iran Terror Finance Transparency Act, which sanctions those Iranians who finance terrorism, violate human rights, or are involved in the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction:

“As House Republicans work to build a bold, forward-looking agenda for a more confident America, a focus on national security is at the top of our list of priorities. Today, as we move to block sanctions relief to those who finance terrorism and violate human rights, House Republicans are standing with the American people and our allies around the world.

“On Iran, we’ve repeatedly urged the Obama administration to secure a better deal – and not only has it failed to deliver on that, but it also refuses to acknowledge the grave threats facing the world today, some of the worst having been created by Iran.  The core mission and responsibility of the Commander in Chief is to keep Americans safe – but as this administration acted prematurely in removing sanctions against Tehran, it gave the largest state sponsor of terrorism a green light to continue its destabilizing behavior.

“If Iran wants sanctions relief, it should be required to forsake its destructive activities once and for all. It’s time to stop rewarding bad actors for their bad behavior, so Americans can feel secure in their lives and their futures.”

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