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Graves Language to Support Trump’s Sanctions Surge Passes House
Graves pulls off extremely rare House procedure; Vote highlights strong bipartisan support for sanctions against Iran

Washington, June 26, 2019 -

Rep. Tom Graves (R-GA-14) today pulled off an extremely rare House procedure and successfully passed language to support President Trump’s sanctions surge against Iran. The Motion to Recommit, offered before the bill’s final passage, amended the Financial Services and General Government Appropriations Bill to boost support for the Treasury Department’s Office of Terrorism and Financial Intelligence. This office plays a major role in countering national security threats, and is responsible for utilizing financial tools – such as sanctions – against bad actors and terrorists.

Today’s passage follows weeks of growing threats and aggression from Iran against the United States. This includes last week’s unprovoked attack and destruction of a U.S. Navy drone in the Strait of Hormuz, and the attack on two oil tankers in the Gulf of Oman earlier this month. On Monday, President Trump announced he was imposing new sanctions on Iran to target its top leadership.

“Today’s vote highlights strong bipartisan support in the House for President Trump’s sanctions against the Iranian regime’s growing threats. By providing President Trump with the resources needed to hold bad actors accountable, we’re supporting his effort to avoid war,” Rep. Graves said.  

The Motion to Recommit is a procedure offered by the minority party in the House that allows for a final opportunity to amend legislation before final passage. While these motions are frequently offered, they rarely pass. This is only the third time a Motion to Recommit has passed in the 116th Congress. 37 Democrats supported the Motion to Recommit, which passed 226-195.

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