On Tuesday, House Foreign Affairs Committee Chairman Ed Royce (R-CA) introduced legislation to prevent and ensure that the United States will never again makes ransom payments, or other cash payouts, to the Islamic Republic of Iran.
The “Prohibiting Future Ransom Payments to Iran Act (HR 5931)” has three main objectives:
It makes clear that the Obama Administration violated longstanding U.S. policy by releasing prisoners and paying ransom for the return of Americans held hostage by Iran;
it prohibits cash payments to Iran—period; and
it demands transparency in future settlements to ensure they are not used to pay ransom.
The Iranian regime is the world’d leading state sponsor of terrorism.
Royce issued the following statement upon the bill’s introduction:
The Obama administration forked over a massive cash ransom to Iran, emboldening the world’s leading state sponsor of terror and putting more lives at risk. All of this was done in secret, hidden from the American people and from Congress. This bill will ensure it doesn’t happen again.
The resolution also states that Pastor Saeed Abedini, one of the U.S. citizens who was released as part of that exchange, “stated that Iranian officials explained a delay in their departure …read more
Source:: U.S. Rep. Ed Royce