Sanction Hezbollah

By a resounding vote of 404-0, the House on July 22 passed the Hezbollah International Financing Prevention Act of 2014 (H.R. 4411), which aims to cut off the terrorist group Hezbollah from the international financial system. Authored in the House by Reps. Mark Meadows (R-NC), Brad Schneider (D-IL), Ed Royce (R-CA) and Eliot Engel (D-NY), the legislation would force international financial institutions to choose between doing business with Hezbollah or the United States. A similar measure in the Senate (S. 2329) led by Sens. Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) and Marco Rubio (R-FL) remains pending.

Hezbollah, an Iranian-backed terrorist group, poses a direct threat to American and Israeli security, dominates the Lebanese government, fights for the Assad regime, and possesses an arsenal of more than 100,000 rockets. The group has killed more Americans than any terrorist group other than al-Qaeda, and has carried out or attempted attacks recently in Bulgaria, Thailand, Azerbaijan and elsewhere.

Key Points

  1. A Continued Threat to America and Israel
    Hezbollah has amassed more than 100,000 rockets capable of striking any location in Israel, remains actively engaged in fighting on behalf of the Assad regime in Syria, and serves as a proxy of Iran. It has also murdered Americans and Israelis across the world, including in Iraq, Lebanon, Saudi Arabia, Bulgaria and Argentina.

  2. A Global Criminal Network
    The Islamist group’s global logistics and financial networks serve as a lifeline to the organization, enable it to consolidate power within Lebanon, and provide it with the capabilities to perpetuate complex attacks internationally.

  3. An Important Step to Stop Hezbollah's Networks
    The legislation would sanction foreign financial institutions that knowingly facilitate the activities of Hezbollah, including the provision of significant financial services.

Contact Your Representatives

Thank Your House Member for Supporting, and Urge Senators to Support, Sanctions on Hezbollah (H.R. 4411 and S. 2329)

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