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Washington, D.C. Today, U.S. Rep. Ed Royce (R-CA), Chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, announced that the Committee will meet on Wednesday, May 22 to consider the bipartisan Nuclear Iran Prevention Act (H.R. 850).

In February, Chairman Royce, joined by Rep. Eliot Engel, the Committee’s ranking member, introduced the Nuclear Iran Prevention Act (H.R. 850) aimed at preventing Iran from acquiring a nuclear weapons capability, and further increasing economic pressure on Iranian leaders as the regime develops its nuclear program and commits gross human rights violations. The bipartisan legislation, with 324 cosponsors, broadens economic sanctions, strengthens human rights sanctions, and increases oversight of the implementation and enforcement of existing sanctions. Information about H.R. 850, including a section-by-section summary, is available HERE.

Royce on the markup:  “Iran’s march towards nuclear weapons continues.  A nuclear Tehran is the gravest threat facing the U.S. and our allies.  The U.S. must respond with crippling sanctions and a coherent policy aimed at preventing Iran from acquiring a nuclear weapons capability.  Only by taking pressure on the regime to the max does this policy have a chance of succeeding.”   

Markup:  H.R. 850, Nuclear Iran Prevention Act

10 a.m., Wednesday, May 22

2172 Rayburn House Office Building

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