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US Congress punishes Iran for large-scale attack on Israel

Apr 16, 2024

The U.S. House of Representatives approved a series of bills aimed at putting financial pressure on Iran. The decisions were made in response to an unprecedented missile attack on Israel.


This was reported by RBC-Ukraine with reference to The Hill.

Three separate bills were put to a vote on Monday, April 15, under the suspension of the rules of procedure, an accelerated process that requires the support of two-thirds of the deputies to make a decision and allows for an immediate vote in the hall.

The bills are mainly aimed at imposing financial sanctions on Iran, those who support it, and its proxy network.

Among them are a bill to eliminate tax exemptions for nonprofit organizations that support terrorist groups; legislation aimed at disrupting China's purchases of Iranian oil and oil products; and an attempt to cut off the Iranian government from using the American financial system.

The voted documents are mostly uncontroversial and enjoy the support of the majority of Democrats, despite the fact that the majority in the House of Representatives is held by Republicans.

Democratic Congressman Brad Schneider supported the bill H.R. 6408, which abolishes tax exemptions for organizations that support terrorism. He is the author of the document, together with Republican David Kustoff. Instead, Schneider asked the Republicans to put an additional national security bill to a vote.

"I again want to thank my colleague, Rep. Kustoff, for his partnership and work on this legislation...and I urge all of my colleagues to not only support this legislation, but as we have said, to support the necessary security funding that has come from the Senate," he said.

Author - Serhii Kolomiets, 16/04/2024

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