Wednesday, November 16, 2016

LaMalfa votes to continue Iran sanctions, ding Syria

From the north state's Rep. Doug LaMalfa:
Rep. Doug LaMalfa (R-CA) supported measures to authorize continued sanctions against the Islamic Republic of Iran and impose sanctions on those who support attacks on civilians in Syria. H.R. 6297, the “Iran Sanctions Extension Act”, extends authorization for the President to impose sanctions through 2026; the authorization would otherwise expire at the close of 2016. H.R. 5732, the “Caesar Syria Civilian Protection Act”, directs the Departments of State and Commerce to impose sanctions on officials of the Syrian government and any individuals or entities which provide financial or material support to Syria’s attacks on civilians.

“For too long, the Obama administration has stood idly by while rogue nations develop weapons of mass destruction and perpetrate war crimes on innocent civilians,” LaMalfa said. “Today we provided the tools that President-elect Trump will use to end that complacency, beginning on January 20, 2017.”

“We acted today to ensure that the President-elect is able to fulfill his pledge to the American people to reject this administration’s dangerous agreement with Iran and to prevent a state sponsor of terror from ever acquiring nuclear weapons,” added LaMalfa. “We’ve also acted to cut off the financial and material lifelines that the Assad regime relies upon to continue its attacks on innocent Syrian civilians.”

H.R. 6297, the “Iran Sanctions Extension Act”, passed on a 416-1 vote, while H.R. 5732, the “Caesar Syria Civilian Protection Act”, received unanimous support.

Congressman Doug LaMalfa is a lifelong farmer representing California’s First Congressional District, including Butte, Glenn, Lassen, Modoc, Nevada, Placer, Plumas, Shasta, Sierra, Siskiyou and Tehama Counties.

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