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Rubio Applauds Signing of Hizballah Sanctions Bill into Law

Oct 25, 2018 | Press Releases

Miami, FL – U.S. Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL) today released the following statement after President Trump signed the Hizballah International Financing Prevention Amendments Act, authored by U.S. Senators Marco Rubio (R-FL) and Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH), Senate Banking Committee Chairman Mike Crapo (R-ID) and Ranking Member Sherrod Brown (D-OH), and House Foreign Affairs Committee Chairman Ed Royce (R-CA) and Ranking Member Eliot Engel (D-NY):
“Iranian-backed Hizballah terrorists are responsible for the deaths of hundreds of Americans, including the 241 Americans murdered in the Beirut Marine Barracks bombing on October 23, 1983, and they continue to pose grave dangers to the United States, Israel, and other allies. The Hizballah International Financing Prevention Amendments Act is another important step in strengthening international efforts to combat Hizballah’s terrorist and missile threats.
I thank President Trump for signing my Hizballah sanctions bill into law, and for welcoming relatives of the Beirut Marines to the White House today to honor the ultimate sacrifice that these U.S. servicemembers made 35 years ago.  As Beirut Marine families seek justice in U.S. courts against those responsible for this heinous attack, I urge the Administration, through the Solicitor General, to tell the U.S. Supreme Court that it opposes the Iranian terrorist regime’s request to overturn a federal appeals court decision preventing $1.7 billion in frozen assets from returning to the Central Bank of Iran.”
Rubio’s Hizballah sanctions bill, which passed the Senate on October 11, strengthens and expands the scope of economic and financial sanctions imposed by the original Hizballah International Financing Prevention Act (Public Law 104-102), which Rubio and Shaheen co-authored with Royce and Engel in 2015.