Middle East Subcommittee Passes Measures Designed to Support Israel and Jordan and Hold Iran Accountable, Says Ros-Lehtinen

Jun 29, 2017

Middle East Subcommittee Passes Measures Designed to Support Israel and Jordan and Hold Iran Accountable, Says Ros-Lehtinen

(Washington, DC) – U.S. Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, Chairman of the Subcommittee on the Middle East and North Africa, made the following statement after the subcommittee’s passage of six measures related to Israel, Jordan, and Iran:

“These bipartisan measures get to the heart of some our subcommittee’s top priorities: support for Israel and Jordan, as well as the need to hold Iran accountable for supporting terror, for taking American hostages, and for its abysmal human rights record, particularly its persecution of religious minorities, such as the Baha’i. Expanding cooperation with our allies in Israel and Jordan is to the benefit of all of our economic and security interests and important for the region’s long-term stability. I thank my colleagues for their bipartisan support of these measures and look forward to their consideration in the full committee.”

NOTE: The subcommittee passed the following measures by voice vote:

·         H. Res. 185, Calling on Iran to fulfill repeated promises of assistance in the case of Robert Levinson, the longest held U.S. civilian in our Nation’s history;

·         H. Res. 218, Recognizing the importance of the U.S.-Israel economic relationship and encouraging new areas of cooperation;

·         H. Res. 274, Condemning Iran’s state-sponsored persecution of its Baha’i minority and its continued violation of the International Covenants on Human Rights;

·         H. Res. 317, Calling for the unconditional release of U.S. citizens and legal permanent resident aliens being held for political purposes by Iran;

·         H. Res. 359, Urging the European Union to designate Hizballah in its entirety as a terrorist organization and increase pressure on it and its members; and

·         H.R. 2646, United States-Jordan Defense Cooperation Extension Act, which will help ensure that Jordan gets the military and economic assistance it needs to continue its efforts in support of refugees and our fight against ISIS, while also authorizing the establishment of an Enterprise Fund that will aim to spur private investment in Jordan.

The text of the measures, in addition to adopted amendments, can be found here.