Counter Iran’s Regional Aggression

Iran—the world’s leading state sponsor of terrorism—remains the greatest long-term threat to U.S. and Israeli interests in the Middle East.

Since the 2015 announcement of the Iran nuclear deal—also known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA)—Tehran has increased its dangerous behavior. America should respond decisively to let Iran know that it will face severe consequences if it does not cease its aggression and comply with its international obligations. On July 27, the Senate passed the Countering America's Adversaries Through Sanctions Act by a vote of 98-2. On August 2, the president signed the legislation into law. Please thank your members of Congress taking measures to counter Iran's regional aggression and passing this bipartisan legislation.

Counter Iran’s Regional Aggression:

How Has Iran Increased its Regional Aggression?

Over the past two years, Iran has conducted at least fifteen ballistic missile tests in defiance of U.N. prohibitions; enhanced its support for terrorist groups, including Hamas and Hezbollah; deployed substantial forces to Syria in support of the brutal Assad regime; and increased human rights violations at home.

How Has Iran Sought Increased Regional Dominance?

Iran has doubled the size of its defense spending over the past two years. In 2016, Iran deployed and declared operational the advanced Russian S-300 surface-to-air missile defense system. The regime has also deployed thousands of Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) personnel to fight in the Syrian civil war. The IRGC arms, trains and funds tens of thousands of Syrian forces, Hezbollah terrorists, and Shia militiamen—some of whom operate directly along Israel’s northern border in the Golan Heights.

How Can I Get Involved?

On July 27, the Senate passed the Countering America's Adversaries Through Sanctions Act by a vote of 98-2. The House of Representatives overwhelmingly passed the measure on July 25 in a 419-3 vote. Authored by Reps. Ed Royce (R-CA), Eliot Engel (D-NY), Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) and Steny Hoyer (D-MD), this bipartisan bill would require new sanctions against individuals and entities involved in Iran's ballistic missile activity, conventional arms trade, human rights abuses, and terrorism. On August 2, the president signed the legislation into law. Please thank your members of Congress for countering Iran's malign behavior and passing this bipartisan measure.

 

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