Alabama delegation votes along party lines to forbid future ‘ransom’ payments to Iran

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The U.S. House of Representatives passed a bill on Thursday to prohibit future cash payments to Iran until the nation stops sponsoring terrorism and is no longer involved in money laundering. H.R. 5931, the Prohibiting Future Ransom Payments to Iran Act also requires 30-day Congressional notification and review of any future settlements related to the U.S. Iran Claims Tribunal.

The White House has already signaled vetoing the bill, which was passed almost completely along party lines, in a 254 to 163 vote.

Alabama 7th District U.S. Rep. Terri Sewell was the sole Alabama House Member to vote against the bill. She joined 162 of her Democratic peers, along with just one Republican, in voting against the measure. The remainder of the seven-member Alabama delegation — Reps. Bradley BryneMartha RobyMike Rogers, Robert AderholtMo Brooks and Gary Palmer — voted in support of the bill.

Here’s what delegation members are saying about their votes:

Bradley Byrne_YesU.S. Rep. Bradley Byrne (AL-01):

Iran is no friend of the United States, and their efforts have resulted in the deaths of U.S. citizens and service members. So why in the world is the United States sending them cash payments in the first place?

Ultimately, the United States cannot continue to give in to Iran. Whether it is their nuclear program or their kidnapping of U.S. citizens, we simply cannot keep making ‘deals’ with Iran in which the Ayatollah benefits and the American people suffer.

Martha Roby_YesU.S. Rep. Martha Roby (AL-02):

More keeps getting exposed about this terrible Iran ransom payment. The President didn’t consult with the Department of Defense about sending hundreds of millions in cash (foreign currency, mind you) to Iran … This is why oversight hearings are important — to expose the truth.

 

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