Jan 7, 2016

Leader McCarthy and Chairman Royce: Next Week, The House Will Respond to Iran and North Korea

Washington, D.C. – House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy (CA-23) and Chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee Ed Royce (CA-39) released the following statement on the House’s upcoming consideration of bills to sanction North Korea and target Iran’s terror financing:

“Next week, the House will consider two bills that will provide a more robust response to the threats facing our nation than this Administration has offered. Iran has repeatedly violated multiple United Nations Security Council resolutions while North Korea is allegedly testing more powerful nuclear weapons. The Obama Administration’s response to both has been the same: weak and inadequate.

“The House will consider new sanctions that will prohibit North Korea’s access to hard currency and other measures to block and seize assets related to nuclear proliferation, illicit activities, and human rights violations that are the hallmark of the Kim regime. Representative Steve Russell’s (OK-05) leadership has also allowed us to bring to the floor important legislation targeting Iran as quickly as possible. This bill will stop the Administration from offering sanctions relief to individuals or banks unless we are certain they do not support terror, the Iranian Revolutionary Guard, Iran’s ballistic missile program, or its conventional weapons program. America can only stop the rising tide of threats abroad if we respond swiftly and with strength. Iran and North Korea’s provocative actions can not go unanswered.”