America has a long-standing tradition of never negotiating with terrorists. But President Barack Obama threw that out the window, by using more than $400 million as “leverage” in the release of four Americans held by the Iranian regime.
The Obama Administration has continued sending this hostile government billions of dollars, and yet Iran is still a dangerous nuclear threat.
Now, the House has officially voted top stop Obama’s ransom payments! In a vote of 21 to 16, the House Foreign Affairs Committee approved the ban. The White House can’t be happy about this!
“We’ve had three more hostages abducted while they were in Iran,” [Chairman Ed] Royce said during the committee’s debate on the bill. Committee approval of the bill sets it up for a possible vote on the House floor, although it’s not yet clear whether GOP leaders will allow a vote before Congress leaves for the November elections at the end of this month.
Republicans on both sides of the Capitol have been on offense over the Iran payments ever since it was revealed that the administration delayed the $400 million in cash to Iran until it was sure four American hostages were released. The GOP says that effectively made it a ransom payment, which goes against U.S. policy.
To remedy the situation, Royce’s bill would make it U.S. policy not to “pay ransom or release prisoners for the purpose of securing the release of United States citizens taken hostage abroad.”
It would also specifically bar any cash payment to Iran, and holds that any settlement entered into with Iran must be licensed by the government.
Democrats have accused Republicans of playing politics by calling the payment a “ransom.” But the White House has admitted why they sent Iran the money, after it was discovered that the massive $1.7 billion payout was sent entirely in cash.
Because of how the funds were sent, it makes it easier for Iran to fund terrorist organizations and proxies around the world. Obama’s White House has therefore directly funded terrorism.