Did you know? House-passed sanctions are now law

Communications • August 4, 2017

Did you know that the House recently passed sanctions on North Korea, Iran, and Russia?

No? With the media often distracted by tweets and partisan gossip, we don’t blame you. What we do doesn’t always make headlines, but we’ve been hard at work and focused on the issues that matter most to you and your family.

At the top of our list: the safety and security of the American people. After all, that’s our primary responsibility! When bad actors threaten our safety and way of life, we have a duty to counter their aggression, as well as target those who financially support their actions and human rights abuses.

That’s why we passed the Russia, Iran, and North Korea Sanctions Act, which President Trump signed into law this week. Here’s what it does:

  • Iran: sanctions those involved in the regime’s ballistic missile program, its efforts to destabilize the region and threaten Israel, as well as its regime’s ongoing human rights abuses.
  • Russia: strengthens sanctions in response to cyber-attacks and interference in Ukraine, empowers Congress to review sanctions relief, and works to strengthen transatlantic cooperation in countering Russian aggression.
  • North Korea: strengthens sanctions targeting North Korea’s nuclear weapons program and human rights abuses.

Want to know what else we’ve been up to? Check out DidYouKnow.gop to learn more.

What House Republicans are saying about these sanctions:

Rep. Martha Roby (R-AL):

“Important news –> President Trump has signed H.R. 3364 imposing strict sanctions on Russia, Iran and North Korea. This bill passed overwhelmingly in the House and Senate. These sanctions offer the United States stronger tools to confront aggression internationally.”


Rep. Dave Trott (R-MI):

“Russia, Iran, & North Korea – these are some of our world’s most nefarious actors. I applaud President Trump’s implementation of these new sanctions, which choke off their economic lifelines and their ability to undermine our national security.”


Rep. Brian Mast (R-FL) on Fox News:

“North Korea & Russia both pose serious threats to global security. I joined America’s News Headquarters to talk about what we’re doing to combat these aggressors.”


Rep. Charlie Dent (R-PA):

“Last week, I worked with my colleagues in the House to pass legislation that enhanced sanctions against Russia, Iran, and North Korea. [This week], that bill has been signed into law, sending a clear message that the United States will not tolerate those who seek to harm Americans–our way of life, our institutions, and our allies abroad.”


Rep. Bill Huizenga (R-MI):

“President Trump made the right decision to sign the bill increasing sanctions on Iran, North Korea, and Russia. Congress spoke with an overwhelmingly bipartisan voice on this matter and I am glad to have the President support our efforts to hold these nations accountable.”


Rep. John Ratcliffe (R-TX):

“ICYMI: Last week I voted for legislation, which passed the House, to impose sanctions on the worst aggressors across the globe: Iran, Russia and North Korea. I’m glad my colleagues joined me in saying ‘enough is enough’ through sharp economic and political pressures on these repeatedly defiant regimes.”


Rep. French Hill (R-AR):

“I’m grateful that…the President signed our bill into law to sanction Russia, Iran, and North Korea. This demonstrates that America is returning to our role as an engaged world leader, holding nations responsible for gross violations of human rights, support for terrorism, illegal testing of ballistic missiles, and aggression towards neighboring countries.”


House Foreign Affairs Committee Chair Ed Royce (R-CA):

“North Korea, Iran, and Russia have in different ways all threatened their neighbors and actively sought to undermine American interests. It’s long past time that the U.S. responds with meaningful action to hold these regimes accountable.”

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Rules Committee Chair Pete Sessions (R-TX):

“Russia, North Korea, and Iran continue to pose a grave threat to the stability of our global economy and national security. I am pleased that the President signed these important sanctions on these three rogue nations into law. We must continue to stand strong in the face of their tyranny and show them we will not tolerate their continued acts of aggression.”