The House of Representatives unanimously approved the Hezbollah International Financing Prevention Act of 2015 on Wednesday.
“Hezbollah has had to cast a wide net because most Lebanese banks have not wanted to do business with them”, a congressional expert on the legislation told AFP. Even the president admits this “windfall” of cash will go to activities and groups, including its main terror proxy Hezbollah, that pose ‘a threat to us, and a threat to our allies.’ This bill cracks down on Hezbollah’s fundraising efforts, its operations in Syria, and its efforts to carry out hostilities against the United States and our ally Israel. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) and Jeanne Shaheen (D-N.H.) by unanimous consent last month.
Said Royce: “Under President Obama’s nuclear deal, Iran will soon hit a jackpot worth tens of billions of dollars”.
“For many years we have worked with Congress to intensify the pressure against the Hezbollah terrorist organization, and we look forward to working closely with them in implementing these new authorities”. The original bill was reportedly authored by Rep. Ed Royce (R-CA), chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee and New York Rep. Eliot Engel (D-NY), the top Democrat on the panel.
That includes the targeting of satellite, broadcast and Internet providers that have entered into contract with Hezbollah’s television station, al-Manar TV, considered a propagandistic tool and a separate terrorist organization by the USA government.
The group, he added, “has become a sophisticated and complex terrorist organization, and we need a response adequate to meet this challenge”.
The administration will list those particular countries that support Hezbollah, or in which the group maintains a key logistical base.
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