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Washington - GOP Leaders Promise Legislation On $400M Payment To Iran

Published on: August 31, 2016 05:27 PM
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Washington - A House leader promised Wednesday that Republicans controlling the chamber will pass legislation addressing the Obama administration’s $400 million payment to Iran in January, made immediately after four U.S. prisoners were released.

Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy also promised in a memo that the House will revisit a stalled $1.1 billion measure to combat the Zika virus and enact stopgap spending legislation to prevent a government shutdown in October.

The California Republican did not give details on the Iran legislation. Republicans have announced they will hold hearings on the payment — for undelivered arms to the shah of Iran — which was made on the same day of the prisoner release.

“The committee is working on legislation that would prevent another ransom payment from happening,” said House Foreign Affairs Committee Chairman Ed Royce, R-Calif., in a statement. “No more hidden cash payments to this state sponsor of terrorism.”

The administration says it was simply maintaining leverage and says GOP charges of “ransom” are unfounded. The cash payment, which includes $1.3 billion in interest, came as part of the loosening of relations in the wake of last year’s pact aimed at keeping Iran from manufacturing nuclear weapons. The administration says the release of prisoners was negotiated on a separate track but that the delivery of the money was withheld until the prisoners were set free.

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Congress returns next week for an abbreviated session before lawmakers return home for the fall campaign.

The stopgap funding measure is the only must-do legislation. Such measures used to be routine, but a battle over Zika funding and divisions among House Republicans over the duration of the measure could make the funding bill more challenging to process.

In June, Republicans agreed among themselves on a $1.1 billion measure to fight the Zika virus, which is linked to grave birth defects and has begun spreading through mosquito bites in sections of Miami. Democrats have blocked the measure, largely over a provision aimed at preventing Planned Parenthood’s Puerto Rico affiliate from receiving grants to fight the virus there.



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 Aug 31, 2016 at 06:38 PM Realistic Says:

So the Republican's want to pass legislation to prevent the United States paying their bills. The US never argued that they don't owe the money to Iran, they just cited sanctions as a reason they are not able to pay. By removing the sanctions there was no reason not to pay them anymore, but they demanded the return of the US citizens before the money is released(for which the republicans criticized Obama so badly, for failing to secure their release in a dea. Turns out, had Obama included them in the dea, they would of argued that it was a 100 Billion dollar ransom payment).

If my vendor cancels an order on me, he cannot say that he decided to sanction me and not pay me. Why is it OK for the US to not pay their bills, and claim sanctions?

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 Sep 01, 2016 at 07:43 AM Anonymous Says:

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Realistic Says:

So the Republican's want to pass legislation to prevent the United States paying their bills. The US never argued that they don't owe the money to Iran, they just cited sanctions as a reason they are not able to pay. By removing the sanctions there was no reason not to pay them anymore, but they demanded the return of the US citizens before the money is released(for which the republicans criticized Obama so badly, for failing to secure their release in a dea. Turns out, had Obama included them in the dea, they would of argued that it was a 100 Billion dollar ransom payment).

If my vendor cancels an order on me, he cannot say that he decided to sanction me and not pay me. Why is it OK for the US to not pay their bills, and claim sanctions?

Where's your intelligence? The Iran deal was bogus. It has already been violated numerous times, and it nothing more than a piece of paper that Obama y"sh will consider his "legacy". Kerry is an outright liar, and neither of them should be given credit for anything beyond throwing America and Israel under the bus. As sponsors of terror, something that was not stopped or even limited by the "deal", the sanctions remain effective, and not a dime should have been transferred to them. Not cash, not wire transfer, not a single dime. But our administration will not miss an opportunity to support terror, just labeling it something else. Negotiating with Iran seems a worthy cause, but these savages do not honor the spoken or written word. They just take money, and do what they want. What pathetic politicians hand over such sizable sums of money to the worst terrorists!

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