Washington, D.C. – House Foreign Affairs Committee Chairman Ed Royce (R-CA) released the following statement on the Gulf Cooperation Council’s move to designate Hezbollah a terrorist organization earlier today:

“I am glad GCC nations are stepping up efforts to combat Hezbollah.  We cannot allow these terrorists, flush with cash from an emboldened Iran, to increase aid to Shia militias in Iraq and Yemen or strengthen efforts to prop up the murderous Assad regime in Syria.  That’s why I led the drive to impose new U.S. sanctions on Hezbollah’s financial networks.  My bill, now law, is already making a difference, and I will continue to press the Obama administration to do more to confront Iran’s illicit weapons programs and support for Hezbollah.”