U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), senior member of the Senate Armed Services Committee (SASC), today voted in favor of S. 722, the Countering Iran’s Destabilizing Activities Act of 2017. This legislation will impose new mandatory sanctions on individuals involved with Iran’s ballistic missile program; apply new terrorism sanctions to the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC); and beefs up enforcement of the existing arms embargo.
This legislation passed the Senate by a vote of 98-2.
“The Iran Deal has failed to stop Iran’s hostile behavior throughout the Middle East while Iran remains the number one state sponsor of terrorism,” Inhofe said. “Since the Iran Deal was agreed to in 2015, the country has tested ballistic missiles, supported terrorist groups like Hamas and Hezbollah, bolstered the Assad regime all while continuing to deny Israel’s right to exist. In passing this legislation, the Senate is finally holding Iran accountable for its aggressive and inappropriate behavior. Further, this legislation empowers the Trump administration to pursue a comprehensive approach for deterring the serious threats coming from Iran.”
Sen. Inhofe co-sponsored a resolution recognizing Article 5 of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization’s (NATO) North Atlantic Treaty which was included in the final bill text of S. 722.
Sen. Inhofe also supported amendments that strengthens sanctions against Russia and codified executive orders sanctioning Russia for their actions in Ukraine and malicious cyber activities, while ensuring there is no interruption of NASA and U.S. commercial space launch missions.