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House Approves Key Bipartisan National Security Bills

Washington, October 26, 2017 - This week, the House approved three important national security bills: the Otto Warmbier North Korean Nuclear Sanctions Act (H.R. 3898), the Iran Ballistic Missiles and International Sanctions Enforcement Act (H.R. 1698) and the Hizballah International Financing Prevention Amendments Act (H.R. 3329).

“These bipartisan bills tighten the screws on those who seek to do us harm,” said Rep. Tom Graves (R-GA-14). “They put the American people first and impose harsh sanctions on Iran, North Korea and the terrorist group Hizballah. Our message is clear: we will not tolerate the dangerous, destabilizing behavior of these regimes.”

H.R. 3898 imposes new sanctions on North Korea to cut off financing for its weapons programs. It will sanction anyone who is complicit in North Korea’s unacceptable behavior. The bill is named after Otto Warmbier, an American citizen who died in June after he was held captive in North Korea for 15 months. H.R. 3898 passed the House by an overwhelming bipartisan vote of 415 to 2.

H.R. 1698 imposes sanctions on any individual or organization involved with Iran’s ballistic missile program as well as anyone who provides or receives conventional weapons from Iran. H.R. 1698 passed the House by a strong bipartisan vote of 423 to 2.

H.R. 3329 imposes additional sanctions on the terrorist group Hizballah and its supporters. Hizballah is an Iranian linked terrorist group, which the State Department called “the most technically capable terrorist group in the world.” H.R. 3329 passed the House by voice vote, meaning no member requested a recorded vote.


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