Steube Joins Pompeo, Chairman Banks, and RSC Members to Unveil the Toughest Ever Sanctions Package on Iran

April 21, 2021
Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Representative Greg Steube (R-Fla.) today joined former Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, Republican Study Committee (RSC) Chairman Jim Banks (R-Ind.) and fellow RSC members to unveil the toughest sanctions package ever proposed on Iran.

“Joe Biden’s dangerous reversal of Trump-era Iran policies and steps to rejoin the JCPOA only serve to put the United States on a path to future wars and set up the Middle East for more destabilizing chaos,” Steube said. “I am honored to work with Chairman Banks and the Republican Study Committee on this legislation, which would make permanent Pompeo’s maximum pressure sanctions while protecting our regional allies, like Israel.”

While Biden continues to push weak Iran policy and seeks to rejoin the JCPOA, this legislation would codify the maximum pressure Iran sanctions from the Trump Administration. This legislation is the toughest sanctions package ever proposed against Iran.

Among other provisions, this package would implement the following measures until Iran adheres to Pompeo’s previous 12 demands:

  • Continue the Trump-era maximum pressure campaign,
  • Expand sanctions on Iran to include the iron, steel, aluminum, copper, construction, manufacturing, mining, textile, finance, and petrochemical industries,
  • Address conventional arms trade with Iran,
  • Expand reporting requirements to provide a clearer outlook into Iran’s human rights abuses against the people of Iraq, Syria, Lebanon, Yemen, and Venezuela,
  • Work to prevent Iran from acquiring ballistic missiles in addition to a nuclear weapon,
  • Sanction those who actively work to support the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps IRGC,
  • And prohibit the lifting of these sanctions without a vote by Congress.

The proposal also includes Steube’s initiative to impose sanctions on the Iranian-backed Iraqi militia, Kata’ib Sayyid al-Shuhada (KSS). Formerly under the command of Qassem Soleimani, this militia was responsible for running a network of coordinated Improvised Explosive Device (IED) attacks, which killed many American troops in the Iraq War. Under Soleimani, KSS was also involved with gross human rights abuses in Syria fighting to support the Assad regime.

The full text of the legislation can be found here.

More remarks from Steube can be found below:

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