Duncan, Espaillat Introduce Iran-Hizballah Bill

Jun 30, 2017 Issues: Foreign Affairs

Washington, D.C. – Congressman Jeff Duncan (SC-03), Chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee’s Subcommittee on the Western Hemisphere, and Representative Adriano Espaillat (NY-13) introduced H.R. 3118, the “Iran and Hizballah Western Hemisphere Prevention Act of 2017” to prevent further access of Iran and Hizballah into the Latin America and Caribbean region and disrupt and degrade Hizballah’s illicit networks operating in the region.

Chairman Jeff Duncan – “Threats from Iran and Hizballah in the Western Hemisphere are well-known. Just this Monday, an individual with alleged links to Hizballah was indicted in Miami for drug trafficking after being extradited to the U.S. by Paraguay. Earlier this month, two individuals were arrested for attempting to provide support to Hizballah in Panama, targeting U.S. and Israeli embassies. This follows the foiled plot in Peru by a Hizballah operative in 2014, the attempted assassination of the Saudi Ambassador linked to Iran in 2011, the foiled Iranian plot to blow up JFK airport in 2007, and the horrific terrorist attacks in Argentina in the 1990s.”

“Congress has focused extensively on this issue with several hearings, visits to the region, and legislation. This oversight work led me to realize that the U.S. needs a clearer vision to address Iran and Hizballah’s activities in the Western Hemisphere. This bill calls for a strategy to more closely align various U.S. government actions on these issues, develop a counter-network disruption campaign, and review relevant sanctions related to Hizballah to assess their use and effectiveness. It will also prioritize engagement with countries in the region to develop counter-organized crime legislation, work towards declaring Hizballah a terrorist organization, and address Hizballah’s illicit networks in the region.”

Congressman Adriano Espaillat (NY-13) – “Hizballah is one of the most deadly terrorist organizations in the world and we have witnessed its devastation throughout the Middle East. There are growing threats by Iranian and Hizballah organizations against U.S. national interests in Latin America and throughout the Caribbean, and the Iran and Hizballah Western Hemisphere Prevention Act would allow us to prioritize our bilateral diplomatic response and engagement with regional allies in a comprehensive effort to build our capacity to monitor and prevent hostile activities and security threats by terrorist organizations, such as Hizballah, throughout the Western Hemisphere.”  

*Original Cosponsors include Representatives Michael McCaul (TX-10), Dan Donovan (NY-11), Ron DeSantis (FL-06), Norma Torres (CA-35), Tom Suozzi (NY-03), Brad Schneider (IL-10), Ted Yoho (FL-03), Christopher Smith (NJ-04), and Ted Lieu (CA-33)

*A Section-by-Section can be found HERE.

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