U.S. Rep. Rodney Davis (R-Ill.) today voted for H.R. 3364, to increase economic and political pressure on Iran, North Korea, and Russia, which overwhelmingly passed the House.
“Any time a foreign entity threatens our sovereignty, we must have a measurable response. Any time the largest state sponsor of terror threatens our greatest ally in the Middle East and repeatedly breaks a deal between our two countries, we must have a measurable response. Any time a country threatens us with continued ballistic missile tests, we must have a measurable response," said Davis. "This bill allows for this measurable response by putting economic and diplomatic pressure on Iran, North Korea, and Russia to signal to the world that the U.S. will not stand idly by as these aggressors continue to threaten our national security.”
Details of sanctions imposed by H.R. 3364 include:
• Iran – Title I imposes sanctions on anyone who contributes materially to Iran’s ballistic missile, weapons of mass destruction programs, or international terrorism, or participates in the sale or transfer to Iran of military equipment, and imposes sanctions on the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps and affiliated foreign persons. As well as calls for sanctions on persons responsible for human rights that are internationally recognized.
• Russia – Title II mandates congressional review if sanctions against Russia are relaxed, suspended or terminated and strengthens sanctions against Russian energy projects and debt financing. Imposes new sanctions on corrupt actors, those seeking to evade sanctions, involved in serious human rights abuses, supplying weapons to the Assad regime, conducting cyber activity on behalf of the Russian government, involved in corrupt privatization practices, or those doing business with Russian intelligence and defense sectors. In addition, new sanctions are allowed on mining, metals, and railway sectors, and authorizes assistance to central and eastern European countries vulnerable to Russian aggression and interference.
• North Korea – Title III increases the president’s authority to impose sanctions on those in violation of certain U.N. Security Council resolutions regarding North Korea. It specifically targets individuals overseas who employ North Korean slave labor and cracks down on North Korean shipping and international ports to expand sanctions on North Korea’s nuclear weapons programs. It also requires the administration to determine whether or not North Korea is a state sponsor of terrorism.