Walorski Votes to Support Free Expression in Iran

Tuesday, January 9, 2018

Walorski Votes to Support Free Expression in Iran

House Condemns Regime’s Crackdown on Peaceful Protests

WASHINGTON – U.S. Rep. Jackie Walorski (R-Ind.) today voted for a bipartisan resolution expressing support for the rights of the Iranian people to free expression and condemning the regime’s crackdown on recent protests.

“For too long, the Iranian regime has denied its people basic freedoms, violated human rights, and funneled billions of dollars to terrorists around the world,” Congresswoman Walorski said. “Now people in Iran are taking to the streets to peacefully protest oppression and corruption, and the regime has responded with arrests and violence. America stands with those in Iran who want freedom and a better future, and we condemn the regime’s brutal crackdown on these legitimate demonstrations.”

BACKGROUND

The House passed H.Res. 676, which expresses support for the rights of the people of Iran to free expression and condemns the Iranian regime for its crackdown on legitimate protests. The resolution also urges the Trump administration to take steps to counter the regime’s human rights abuses and destabilizing activities in the Middle East.

In December, the House passed two bills to shed greater light on the Iranian regime’s finances amid its continued support for terrorism.

  • H.R. 1638, the Iranian Leadership Asset Transparency Act, would require the Department of the Treasury to report to Congress on the total assets of Iran’s senior political, religious, and military leaders, including the probable sources of these assets and how they are used.
  • H.R. 4324, the Strengthening Oversight of Iran’s Access to Finance Act, would require the Treasury to report to Congress on financial transactions related to the sale of commercial passenger aircraft to Iran.

In October, the House passed several pieces of legislation to strengthen sanctions over Iran’s illicit missile development program and support for terrorism.

  • H.R. 1698, the Iran Ballistic Missiles and International Sanctions Enforcement Act, would impose sanctions on Iranian agencies and foreign entities involved with the regime’s ballistic missile program.
  • H.R. 3342, the Sanctioning Hezbollah’s Illicit Use of Civilians as Defenseless Shields Act, would impose sanctions on the Iran-backed terrorist group Hezbollah over its use of civilians as human shields.
  • H.R. 3329, the Hezbollah International Financing Prevention Amendments Act, would strengthen the Hezbollah International Financing Prevention Act of 2015 by imposing sanctions on those who support the terrorist group’s funding, recruiting, and arming efforts.
  • H.Res. 359 would urge the European Union to designate Hezbollah in its entirety as a terrorist organization and increase pressure on it and its members.

Walorski represents the 2nd Congressional District of Indiana, serving as a member of the House Ways and Means Committee.

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