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Rubio, Ernst, Waltz Introduce Bill to Sanction Iran for Plotting to Assassinate Americans

Sep 22, 2022 | Press Releases

The Iranian regime is the world’s leading state sponsor of international terrorism and has backed multiple plots to assassinate U.S. citizens on American soil. Despite this, the Biden Administration continues to pursue a misguided nuclear agreement with Tehran and the Ayatollah. 
U.S. Senators Marco Rubio (R-FL) and Joni Ernst (R-IA) introduced the Preventing Underhanded and Nefarious Iranian Supported Homicides (PUNISH) Act to prohibit the lifting of sanctions on Iran and prevent the Biden Administration from re-entering any nuclear agreement with Iran until the U.S. can certify that the Iranian regime has not planned any assassination attempts on Americans for five years. 

  • “It is insane to consider lifting sanctions on a murderous regime to begin with, but to do so while it is actively planning to kill our citizens is even more ridiculous. The Biden Administration must recognize that Tehran is not a worthy negotiating partner, and it does not deserve sanctions relief.” — Senator Rubio 


  • “It’s hard to fathom that, after countless attacks on Americans, and multiple confirmed plots against U.S. officials, the Biden Administration continues to cozy up to Iran in hopes of a mythical, so-called nuclear deal. President Biden should not provide a dime of sanctions relief to the largest state sponsor of terrorism, which is actively trying to kill U.S. officials and citizens, at home and abroad. The PUNISH Act will ensure Iran continues to feel maximum pressure from the United States.” — Senator Ernst

U.S. Representative Mike Waltz (R-FL) introduced companion legislation in the U.S. House of Representatives.

  • “The Iran Regime is actively using its proxies to carry out attacks and threaten U.S. officials despite the Biden Administration’s ongoing efforts to negotiate a nuclear deal that will further enrich the world largest state sponsor of terrorism. The Biden Administration has a duty to protect its citizens from the Iran Regime’s proxies who have already carried out an attack on Salman Rushdie, plotted an assassination against former National Security Advisor John Bolton. Maximum pressure sanctions must be retained against the Iranian Regime.” — Representative Waltz

The legislation has been endorsed by FDD Action, Christians United for Israel (CUFI) Action, America First Policy Institute, Republican Jewish Coalition, and Heritage Action.
Click here for a full list of cosponsors. 
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