UPDATE: Rep. Duncan’s “Countering Iran in the Western Hemisphere Act” on the President’s desk

Washington, DC--Congressman Jeff Duncan’s legislation, the “Countering Iran in the Western Hemisphere Act,” (H.R. 3783) passed the U.S. Congress by a vote of 386-6, and now awaits the President’s signature to become law.

“One of the ways we can honor those who lost their lives during the War on Terror is to be vigilant in protecting against growing threats here at home. This is a common-sense, pro-liberty bill that assesses the problem, gets agencies to collaborate, and begins the process of developing a strategy to combat this threat,” said Duncan.

“In the shadow of Iran’s growing nuclear ambitions, there’s a serious danger emerging of an Iranian-backed terror network in our own hemisphere. From the deployment of an Iranian television network in Latin America, to Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad’s frequent trips to the region, Iran has made its interest in the region well known,” said Duncan. “Recent developments include seeing suspected Hezbollah terrorists arrested in Mexico, growing Iranian activity in pursuing political agreements with Latin American countries, and Hezbollah and Hamas actively working with international criminal and drug organizations in the Western Hemisphere.”

“Iran’s actions in our neighborhood represent a real threat to our safety and security,” said Duncan. “Its naval commanders have expressed their intent to extend Iran’s military presence into the Atlantic Ocean closer to the coastlines of the U.S. Just last week, the Iranian Deputy Foreign Minister for Europe and the Americas visited Cuba, Venezuela, Bolivia, and Uruguay.  This bill provides the first step to countering Iran’s hostile presence right here at home, while also protecting our liberty, and I’m hopeful that this measure will be signed by the President.

Duncan’s bill is one of only 13 substantive bills authored by freshmen Members of Congress that managed to reach the President’s desk this term.

“In this political climate, it’s hard to agree on much of anything. I’m glad Congress was able to come together and put partisanship aside to address this threat here at home,” Duncan stated.

Today’s speech on the House Floor
http://youtu.be/YSCxKZIfq84

####

The following press release was distributed Thursday following Rep. Duncan's legislation passing in the Senate.

US Senate Passes Duncan’s Iran Legislation

Washington, DC—South Carolina Congressman Jeff Duncan achieved another major legislative victory on Wednesday evening after one of his bills, the  (HR 3783), passed the United States Senate. The measure passed by unanimous consent with a technical amendment from Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla. The Senate’s action sends the bill back to the US House for a final vote before going to the President for his signature.

“This is a common sense, pro-liberty bill. We're not giving the government any more power. Part of the problem with this emerging threat is that many federal agencies aren't on the same page. This bill assesses the problem, gets agencies to collaborate, and starts the process of developing a strategy to combat this threat,” Duncan said.

“We must be vigilant in protecting against new threats here at home,” said Duncan. “In the shadow of Iran’s growing nuclear ambitions, there’s a new threat emerging of an Iranian-backed terror network in our own hemisphere.”

“From the deployment of an Iranian television network in Latin America, to Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad’s frequent trips to the region; Iran’s made their interest in the region well known,” said Duncan. “Recent developments including arresting suspected Hezbollah terrorists in Mexico, and evidence showing terrorist networks potentially working closely with Mexican drug cartels is even more disturbing.”

Since Duncan’s bill has already passed the House of Representatives without a single Democrat objection, significantly increasing the legislation’s chance of being signed into law.

“Iran’s actions in our neighborhood represent a real threat to our safety and security,” said Duncan. “This bill provides the first step to countering Iran’s hostile presence right here at home, and I’m hopeful that this measure will be signed by the President.”

Find original press release here.

Back to the Israel Allies Foundation News Archives | Israel Allies Foundation RSS Feed