Rep. Zeldin: You Can Call Ransom Payment “Leverage”, but it’s Still Ransom
Washington, DC – On September 22, 2016, Congressman Lee Zeldin (R, NY-1), member of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, spoke twice on the House floor during debate on the Prohibiting Future Ransom Payments to Iran Act (H.R. 5931) that includes Congressman Zeldin’s amendment, which can be viewed here. The bill, including Congressman Zeldin’s amendment, passed the House last night by a vote of 254 - 163.
While addressing colleagues on the House floor, Congressman Zeldin expressed the importance of passing H.R. 5931 to prohibit ransom payments to Iran; the world’s largest state sponsor of terror. He also referenced a federal law enacted in 2000, which details a very specific requirement regarding payments to Iran from the Foreign Military Sales (FMS) Program account, which was directly violated by President Obama's $1.7 billion cash payment to Iran.
You can watch Congressman Zeldin’s full speech here and here.