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Kinzinger, Suozzi Reintroduce Bill to Sanction Iranians

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Washington, January 18, 2019 | Maura Gillespie (2022253635) | comments
This week, Congressmen Adam Kinzinger (R-IL) and Tom Suozzi (D-NY) reintroduced the Preventing Destabilization of Iraq Act for the 116th Congress.
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WASHINGTON, DC – This week, Congressmen Adam Kinzinger (R-IL) and Tom Suozzi (D-NY) reintroduced the Preventing Destabilization of Iraq Act for the 116th Congress. Now listed as H.R. 571, this legislation would impose sanctions on Iranians, or any other persons, who threaten the peace and stability of Iraq. Sanctions would also apply to several terrorist organizations, as well as their leaders, who are largely trained and funded by the Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps.

“Over the last year, we have watched the security situation in Iraq devolve, as Iranian proxies and militias work to influence the coalition government in Baghdad. We must ensure that the Iranians are not given a free pass to meddle in the affairs of the Iraqi people,” said Rep. Kinzinger (IL-16). “I’m proud to reintroduce this legislation with Rep. Suozzi, and thank our fellow colleagues who cosponsored this bill. We will not tolerate the destabilizing efforts of this maniacal regime, and by reintroducing this bill, we take an important step in pushing back against these bad actors.”

Iraq faces a myriad of economic and political challenges that, left unaddressed, could throw the country and wider region into chaos,” said Rep. Suozzi (NY-03). Corruption is rampant, further compounded by Iranian backed militias trying to take roles in influencing Iraq’s political system. That is why Congressman Kinzinger and I are re-introducing this important piece of legislation. We need to stand with Iraqis that want to root out corruption and malign foreign interference in their internal affairs.”  

The Preventing Destabilization of Iraq Act was passed by the House on November 27, 2018. The full language of the reintroduced legislation, now H.R. 571, can be found attached, and here.

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