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house Bill H.R. 5631

Do Iran's Banks and Military Personnel Need to be Sanctioned?

Argument in favor

This legislation would punish Iranian individuals and organizations that commit human rights abuses and fund terrorist activities that threaten the United States.

GrumpyMSgt's Opinion
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07/13/2016
Yes! And every time they utter the phrase, "Death to America" or any of their other hate speech sanction more. Imagine if they commented on LGBT issues, would the liberals all get their panties in a knot? Hypocrites all.
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CShaffer's Opinion
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07/14/2016
Anyone who violates basic human rights should be sanctioned.
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operaman's Opinion
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07/13/2016
This would be an extension of previous sanctions on Iran before the Obama State Department lead by John Kerry buckled in negotiation. Remember Kerry served in Vietnam gave our military men a bad reputation by his actions and cut his finger earning a Purple Heart. And he is the same John Kerry who lied to Congress. Yes, yes! Please lay on the sanctions again while showing reputation for the Obama/Kerry weakness before the enemy.
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Argument opposed

Another round of sanctions is unlikely to change Iran’s policies; instead, these measures will likely wind up harming the lives of innocent Iranian citizens.

Michael777's Opinion
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07/14/2016
Think, people. If you launch sanctions on Iran, its economy will be ruined and it will be Iran's innocent people who will suffer the most. Economic sanctions have proven to be ineffective, such as those on Cuba.
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David's Opinion
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07/15/2016
Congress should stop trying to run US Foreign Policy. Plus, what they want to do would abrogate our multinational pact with Iran and seriously hurt our international standing as a reliable partner.
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Angel's Opinion
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07/17/2016
We need to open up a dialog with them and stop pushing them towards the extremists. They used to be a modern democracy, they want to be again.
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What is House Bill H.R. 5631?

This bill would impose a fresh round of sanctions for Iran for sponsoring terrorism, money laundering, and committing humans rights abuses. Specifically, it would target the following institutions:  

  • Iran’s Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) and any entities that it owns.
  • Mahan Air, a private airline company.
  • Financial institutions that export “sensitive technology” to Iran or engage in transactions with Iranian individuals who commit human rights abuses.

This legislation would also restrict Iranian access to U.S. financial institutions and require the Department of State to support individuals and organizations promoting law and order and economic growth in Iran. It would also amend the Iran-Iraq Arms Non-Proliferation Act of 1992 by adding ballistic missiles and related technology.

The Department of the Treasury would also be required to create a watch list for the IRGC that would be published in the Federal Register.

This bill would order the president to assign a Special Coordinator on Human Rights and Democracy in Iran. Lastly, it would require Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty and Voice of America to expand programming in Iran.

Impact

Iran, Iran’s Revolutionary Guard Corps, Mahan Air, Iran’s Supreme Leader, Iran’s President, Iran’s ballistic missile program, Iranian financial institutions, Iranian individuals and organizations engaged in human rights abuses and/or money laundering, and the Department of the Treasury.

Cost of House Bill H.R. 5631

A CBO cost estimate is unavailable.

More Information

Of Note: Congress has spent over two decades passing economic sanctions against Iran and various Iranian institutions. These sanctions have mainly addressed Iran’s nuclear, biological and chemical weapons programs, as well as its support of terrorist activities. 

House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) introduced this legislation one year after the announcement of the landmark nuclear agreement with Iran. According to McCarthy, the Obama administration has failed to hold Iran accountable for its actions. A recent report by a German intelligence agency indicated that Iran may have tried to violate the nuclear agreement by seeking out prohibited nuclear technology.

“We want to penalize the Iranian government for their continued illegal activity,” McCarthy said.

Several House Democrats have protested that this legislation did not involve Democratic input, and that it will undermine the bipartisan approach to Iranian sanctions.


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Summary by Eli Wolfe
(Photo Credit: Flickr user SaFoxy)

AKA

Iran Accountability Act of 2016

Official Title

To hold Iran accountable for its state sponsorship of terrorism and other threatening activities and for its human rights abuses, and for other purposes.

bill Progress


  • Not enacted
    The President has not signed this bill
  • The senate has not voted
      senate Committees
      Committee on Foreign Relations
  • The house Passed July 14th, 2016
    Roll Call Vote 246 Yea / 179 Nay
      house Committees
      Committee on Financial Services
      Trade
      Committee on Foreign Affairs
      Committee on Oversight and Reform
      Committee on the Judiciary
      Immigration and Citizenship
      Committee on Ways and Means
    IntroducedJuly 6th, 2016

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    Yes! And every time they utter the phrase, "Death to America" or any of their other hate speech sanction more. Imagine if they commented on LGBT issues, would the liberals all get their panties in a knot? Hypocrites all.
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    Think, people. If you launch sanctions on Iran, its economy will be ruined and it will be Iran's innocent people who will suffer the most. Economic sanctions have proven to be ineffective, such as those on Cuba.
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    Congress should stop trying to run US Foreign Policy. Plus, what they want to do would abrogate our multinational pact with Iran and seriously hurt our international standing as a reliable partner.
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    This would be an extension of previous sanctions on Iran before the Obama State Department lead by John Kerry buckled in negotiation. Remember Kerry served in Vietnam gave our military men a bad reputation by his actions and cut his finger earning a Purple Heart. And he is the same John Kerry who lied to Congress. Yes, yes! Please lay on the sanctions again while showing reputation for the Obama/Kerry weakness before the enemy.
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    Anyone who violates basic human rights should be sanctioned.
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    We need to open up a dialog with them and stop pushing them towards the extremists. They used to be a modern democracy, they want to be again.
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    Claiming that sanctions will harm innocent civilians is flatly untrue. Lifting sanctions will not improve the lives of civilians. Case in point, as part of Obama's so called deal, he released $150 billion. Are Iranian citizens any better off now? No.
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    Of course they need to be sanctioned. We must show them we mean business on terrorism.
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    We need to stop sponsoring a country that openly violates human rights, sponsors terrorism, and openly chants "death to the USA"...
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    Why sanction them? Are we prepared to enforce it? Is it another position we will send our young men and women into harms way and then NOT enable them to protect themselves? Who will really enforce it?
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    Terrorists should already be sanctioned
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    We need to stop halting economic development
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    Speaks for itself. No comment is really needed
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    Another attempt at undermining the Obama administration's foreign policy and success at averting an Iranian nuclear power. Reinstating sanctions means Iran reinstating its nuclear program. We have committed to a regional strategy and to walk back on it would show domestic uncertainty and weakness.
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    People living in glass houses shouldn't throw stones and we Americans live in the most fragile of glass houses.
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    Keep the nuclear agreement in place
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    Leave Iran alone, Republicans want too start another war to help themselves to short-term profit with the stock they own in the Unites Stares military corporations!
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    Although I wish we didn't just resort to a bill, this is a start.
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    Why are we helping them to perpetuate terrorism?
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    They violated the treaty
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