The National Council of Young Israel (NCYI) is lauding the House of Representatives for its passage of the Iran Nuclear Agreement Act of 2015 (H.R. 1191). The bipartisan bill, which was sponsored by Rep. Lou Barletta of Pennsylvania, passed the House overwhelmingly today by a vote of 400-25. The House vote came after the Senate voted last week to pass the bill.
In addition, the National Council of Young Israel thanked the House for passing the Hezbollah International Financing Prevention Act of 2015 (H.R. 2297), which would impose sanctions on foreign financial institutions that facilitate transactions or money laundering on behalf of the terrorist organization Hezbollah or its agents. The bill was passed unanimously 423-0.
The Iran legislation provides that within five days after the execution of a comprehensive agreement with Iran relating to its nuclear program, the President is required to submit to Congress the wording of the agreement, a verification assessment regarding compliance by Iran, and a certification that the agreement conforms to the United States’ nonproliferation objectives, does not jeopardize national security, and ensures that Iran’s permitted nuclear activities will not be utilized to further any nuclear-related military or nuclear explosive purpose.
Congress would have the ability to approve or disapprove the comprehensive nuclear agreement within thirty days. During the congressional review period, the President would be prohibited from reducing, suspending or waiving sanctions on Iran. In addition, following the initial congressional review period, the President would be required to provide Congress with an assessment every ninety days relating to Iran’s compliance with the comprehensive agreement.
“The National Council of Young Israel commends our congressional representatives for acting swiftly and decisively in an effort to prevent a potential disaster that could have a dire effect on the stability in the Middle East and have reverberations around the world,” said NCYI President Farley Weiss. “Passage of this legislation will ensure that any final agreement with Iran will be subject to a serious and systematic review that is absolutely critical if we are going to try and prevent Iran from acquiring nuclear weapons.”
“Iran’s actions and statements, both past and present, have raised legitimate questions about their willingness or ability to abide by the provisions of a final nuclear deal,” continued Weiss. “With its track record of divisive declarations and destructive behavior, the United States cannot afford to move forward with any agreement with Iran and cannot contemplate easing the sanctions unless it is completely certain that the deal which is in place is in fact a good deal that will achieve its objective of curtailing Iran’s nuclear capabilities.”
The Hezbollah International Financing Prevention Act of 2015, which was introduced by Rep. Ed Royce of California, the Chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, is intended to prevent Hezbollah and its associated entities from obtaining access to international financial institutions in order to prevent Hezbollah’s extensive financial network from operating as a means to support and further its global terrorist activities. The legislation would require the Administration to brief Congress on Hezbollah’s actions and report on its efforts to deter Hezbollah’s activities.
“It is time for the United States to take whatever measures may be necessary to put an end to Hezbollah’s perpetration of global terror,” said NCYI Chairman of the Board Robert Levi. “By taking action to impair its vast financial network, the House of Representatives is sending a clear message to Hezbollah that the United States is going to actively and aggressively combat terrorism and inhibit Hezbollah’s ability to continue supporting acts of terror in the Middle East and across the globe. We thank Congressman Royce and his colleagues in the House for taking a bold step in the ongoing war against terror and urge the Senate to do the same by passing this legislation.”