We will make America safe again

Oct 25, 2017 | communications •

We will make America strong again. We will makes America proud again. We will make America safe again. And we will make America great again.” -Donald J. Trump

Our world is becoming more and more dangerous by the day. Between Russia cybersecurity concerns, the neverending strife in the Middle East, and the nuclear flexing of North Korea, it’s no surprise that Americans are feeling increasingly exposed to threats beyond our borders.

That’s why this week, House Republicans voted on legislation that prioritizes your safety and security.

Regarding North Korea

North Korean propaganda poster reading “death to U.S. imperialists, our sworn enemy.” (via Business Insider)

WHO?

Officially known as Democratic People’s Republic of North Korea (DPRK), the hermit nation is a totalitarian state is run by Kim Jong-un, who is trigger-happy and extremely dangerous.

WHY ARE THEY A THREAT?

Most of you are aware of North Korea’s aggressive nuclear testing. Leader Kim Jong-un, like his father and grandfather before him, has repeatedly vowed to wipe out any aggressors to the regime. Were North Korea to successfully attack the U.S. or one of our allies, the fallout could be catastrophic.

WHAT ARE HOUSE REPUBLICANS DOING ABOUT IT?

On August 2, 2017 the Countering America’s Adversaries Through Sanctions Act (H.R. 3364) was signed into law by President Trump. One of the primary focuses of this legislationis to strengthen sanctions targeting North Korea’s nuclear weapons program and human rights abuses.

Additionally, on October 24, 2017, we passed the Otto Warmbier North Korea Nuclear Sanctions Act (H.R. 3898). This bill places the most extensive financial sanctions ever to be directed at North Korea. H.R. 3898 gives the Secretary of the Treasury the authority to sanction foreign financial institutions and foreign banks for dealing with virtually anyone facilitating business with North Korea. Various 2017 United Nations reports found that North Korea is continuing to finance its illicit activities via the international financial systems despite sanctions. H.R. 3898 is effectively institutionalizing counter-measures to protect the U.S. financial sector from North Korean money laundering, WMD proliferation financing, and the funding of terrorism.

Maintaining its nuclear weapons program takes money, and North Korea continues to draw on global resources. We are ensuring that North Korea is cut off from the financial sources they repeatedly use and abuse.

Regarding Iran

“Death to America” mural in Tehran, Iran.

WHO?

Officially known as the Islamic Republic of Iran, this Middle Eastern state has a long history of strained relations with the U.S. Most importantly, the Iranian Revolution in 1979 reestablished the state under the Islamic religious leadership of Supreme Leader Ayatollah Khomeini.

WHY ARE THEY A THREAT?

There is no phrase more pointed and piercing than that which the leadership of Iran uses in regards to the U.S.: “The Great Satan.” Iran continues to be one of the most hostile, capable, and methodical threats to the U.S. Its continued nuclear development should be a major cause of international concern, especially considering its history and leader.

WHAT ARE HOUSE REPUBLICANS DOING ABOUT IT?

The Countering America’s Adversaries Through Sanctions Act (H.R. 3364) also included sanctions for those involved in the Iranian regime’s ballistic missile program, as well as those supporting the nation’s funding of terrorism. The bill was signed into law on August 2, 2017.

On October 25, 2017, we passed the Iran Ballistic Missiles and International Sanctions Enforcement Act (H.R. 1698). This bill requires the imposition of sanctions on those involved with Iran’s ballistic missile program and those who provide or receive conventional weapons from Iran.

After the “embarrassment” that was the Iran Nuclear deal of 2015, we are working with President Trump to ensure Iran never acquires a nuclear weapon.

Regarding Hizbollah

The Hizbollah Flag reads “Then surely the party of Allah are they that shall be triumphant.”

WHO?

Hizbollah is a widely recognized terrorist organization and Iranian proxy operating out of Lebanon. “Hizbollah” means “The Party of God,” and the group has grown to be a Shia Islamic political, military, and social force in its region.

WHY ARE THEY A THREAT?

At the time of their founding, Hizbollah’s first stated objective was to fight against American and Israeli imperialism. The group looks to Iran’s Supreme Leader for ideological and strategic direction, and it was named among the most hostile of any global threats to America in the 2017 Index of Military Strength.

WHAT ARE HOUSE REPUBLICANS DOING ABOUT IT?

On October 25, 2017 , House Republicans passed two measures to curb the power and position of Hizbollah. H.R. 3329 imposes additional sanctions to debilitate Hizbollah’s financing by foreign persons, governments, and institutions that provide financial support for Hizbollah. And H.R. 3342 enforces disciplinary actions against groups like Hizbollah for their use of human shields, a gross violation of internationally recognized human rights.

Hizbollah remains one of the biggest threats to America and a force of insecurity across the Middle East. House Republicans are taking the necessary steps to end the group’s influence and torment.

Our stance must be to aggressively counter the means by which hostile nations and groups support and fund their illicit and dangerous activities. That is exactly why we are taking decisive action through our legislative power. It is our duty, as the people’s representatives, to do everything in our constitutionally mandated power to keep you safe and secure.

We want to hear from you about our work. Take 30 seconds and tell us which security threats are most concerning to you and your family. Also leave a note, reach out – this is your chance to be heard!

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