Washington, D.C. – Today, Foreign Affairs Committee Chairman Ed Royce (R-CA) applauded House passage of H. Res. 148, a bipartisan measure calling on Iran to fulfill their promises of assistance in the case of Robert Levinson, the longest-held hostage in our nation’s history.  The legislation, authored by Rep. Ted Deutch (D-FL), unanimously passed the House Foreign Affairs Committee last week.

Upon passage, Chairman Royce issued the following statement:Bob Levinson, a father of seven, remains the longest-held hostage in U.S. history.  The administration must do more to bring him home.

“In testimony before the Foreign Affairs Committee, Mr. Levinson’s son highlighted the importance of maintaining a public focus on his father’s case.  He argued that we need continued action to keep his father’s fate at the forefront.  Frankly, it is hard to remember a time when Iran didn’t have U.S. hostages in its prisons. 

“We will continue working to bring Mr. Levinson and these other American hostages home.”