(Washington, D.C.) Today the House passed H.R. 3457, the Justice for Victims of Iranian Terrorism Act, by a vote of 251 to 173. Representative Dent co-sponsored the bill and released the following statement:

“Iran currently owes a total of nearly $44 billion in court-awarded damages to Americans who have been injured or lost family members in attacks that courts have legally decreed were the result of Iranian-sponsored acts of terrorism. Examples of terrorist attacks which have been linked by adjudication to Iran include:  the 1983 attack on the Beirut Marine barracks, the 1996 terrorist bombing of the Khobar Towers, and the attacks of 9/11.

It is a slap in the face to our fellow Americans who have been maimed or who have lost members of their family to the depredations of the Iranian state for the President to waive the sanctions currently imposed on Iran until it has paid out the legally-awarded sums it owes to them. 

The idea that Iran should see the sanctions against them lifted and their assets unfrozen without even a mention of their paying the debts they owe to those of our fellow citizens they have injured and killed is unjust. I sincerely hope the Senate takes up, debates and supports this legislation.”

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Contact: Shawn Millan (610) 770-3490