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. Please urge your representative to support and thank your senators for supporting bipartisan legislation to counter Iran's regional aggression.
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 June 15, the Countering Iran’s Destabilizing Activities Act of 2017 (S.722) was overwhelmingly adopted in the Senate by a 98-2 vote. Authored by Senate Foreign Relations Committee (SFRC) Chairman Bob Corker (R-TN), Sen. Robert Menendez (D-NJ) and SFRC Ranking Member Ben Cardin (D-MD), the legislation bolsters sanctions across an array of activities in response to Iran’s dangerous activities in the region.
Similarly, the Iran Ballistic Missiles and International Sanctions Enforcement Act (H.R. 1698), authored by House Foreign Affairs Chairman Ed Royce (R-CA) and Ranking Member Eliot Engel (D-NY), aims to strengthen sanctions targeting Iran’s ballistic missile activity and illicit arms transfers.
Please urge your representative to support and thank your senators for supporting this bipartisan legislation.
Please thank your senators for supporting the Countering Iran’s Destabilizing Activities Act (S.722). Take Action
Please urge your representative to counter Iran’s regional aggression by supporting the Iran Ballistic Missiles and International Sanctions Act (H.R. 1698).Take Action