Washington, D.C. – Tomorrow at 10 a.m., the House Foreign Affairs Committee, chaired by Rep. Ed Royce (R-CA), will consider the Prohibiting Future Ransom Payments to Iran Act (H.R. 5931).  The legislation, authored by Chairman Royce, prohibits future cash payments to Iran – the world’s leading state sponsor of terrorism – for any reason.

The introduction of H.R. 5931 came the same week it was reported that the Obama administration decided to pay all of a $1.7 billion settlement with Iran in cash.  The Chairman’s legislation makes clear that the Obama administration violated longstanding U.S. policy by releasing prisoners and paying ransom for the return of Americans held hostage by Iran.  Additionally, the bill demands transparency on future settlements—to ensure they are not used to pay ransom.

Markup: H.R. 5931

10 a.m. Wednesday, September 14

2172 Rayburn House Office Building


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