Hoyer Statement on House Passage of Iran Sanctions, Accountability, and Divestment Act

For Immediate Release:

September 26, 2008

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WASHINGTON, DC - House Majority Leader Steny H. Hoyer (MD) released the following statement today on House passage of the Iran Sanctions, Accountability, and Divestment Act:
 
“I applaud the House’s passage of the Iran Sanctions, Accountability, and Divestment Act, a bill aimed at curtailing Iranian aggression through sanctions and divestment. It is clear that a nuclear-armed Iran would pose a great threat to our national security, to our allies, and to the entire Middle East. Those concerns are heightened by the frequent inflammatory statements of Iran’s president and the world’s leading anti-Semite, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, who calls the Holocaust a myth and expresses his desire ‘to wipe Israel off the map.’ Ahmadinejad’s appearance at the United Nations this week demonstrates that he remains a skilled propagandist; but his regime’s record of belligerence and deceit is unmistakable.
 
“It is not difficult to imagine the threat posed by nuclear weapons in the hands of such a regime. That is why Congress is committed, on a bipartisan basis, to prevent that threat from becoming reality. Today’s legislation brings strong economic pressure to bear on Tehran, by expanding sanctions on commercial dealings with Iran and supporting divestment from Iranian enterprises. I urge the Senate and the President to act quickly to make this bill law and to enforce it—because America ought to use its full economic strength to curb Iran’s destructive ambitions.”

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