WASHINGTON, DC -- The U.S. House of Representatives passed sweeping sanctions today against Russia, Iran and North Korea. U.S. Rep. Harold "Hal" Rogers (KY-05) voted for the Countering Adversarial Nations Through Sanctions Act,H.R. 3364, to increase economic and political pressure on these three aggressive regimes that continue to threaten U.S. allies and undermine national security.
"Aggressive nations that seek to destroy the United States or her allies must be held accountable and these broad sanctions send a clear message to any adversary that promotes terrorism or threatens the United States," said Congressman Rogers, Chairman of the House Appropriations Subcommittee on State and Foreign Operations. "We cannot waste time in passing this legislation in the wake of North Korea's growing nuclear arsenal, Iran's developing ballistic missile program, or Russia's cyber attacks."
In part, the sanctions specifically aim to deter North Korea from threatening global security. North Korea has conducted 17 missile tests since the beginning of the year, including an intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) capable of striking the United States.
The legislation also holds Russia accountable for cyber attacks and supplying weapons to the Assad regime, and extending the deadly civil war and continued violence in Ukraine.
It also removes billions of dollars in Obama-era sanctions relief in Iran where terrorism and other crimes against humanity continue to be supported by the radical regime.
The bill now heads to the U.S. Senate for consideration with the support of President Trump.