The Iranian Regime Efforts to Undermine U.S. Interests in the Western Hemisphere Must be Met Head On, Ros-Lehtinen Says
(WASHINGTON) – U.S. Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-FL), Chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, released the following statement on the Senate’s passage of an amended version of H.R. 3783, the Countering Iran in the Western Hemisphere Act of 2012. Statement by Ros-Lehtinen:
“On the eve of the Senate taking appropriate action and passing an amended version of the Countering Iran in the Western Hemisphere Act, the Iranian Deputy Foreign Minister for Europe and the Americas finished a tour of Latin America visiting Cuba, Venezuela, Bolivia, and Uruguay. While this senior Iranian official was in Cuba, the Castro regime reaffirmed its determination to support Tehran’s nuclear program and strengthen cooperation to counter U.S. sanctions. This is the latest in a series of continued efforts by the Iranian regime to promote its extremist ideologies and undermine democratic governments throughout the Western Hemisphere.
“It is because of these continued actions by the Tehran that the passing of this legislation could not come at a more critical time. Back in September, I urged my colleagues to support this bill on the House Floor where it passed with overwhelming support and I will continue to urge the House to take up this amended legislation immediately so that the President can sign this bill into law as soon as possible. We must face this Iranian threat head on to protect our regional and national security.”
Note: Chairman Ros-Lehtinen is a co-sponsor of H.R. 3783, the Countering Iran in the Western Hemisphere Act of 2012, authored by Rep. Jeff Duncan (R-SC). The bill passed the House on September 9, 2012 by voice vote and the amended Senate version passed on December 12, 2012 also by voice vote. The bill states that it is U.S. policy to use a comprehensive strategy to counter Iran's growing hostile presence in the Western Hemisphere by working together with U.S. allies and partners in the region to deter threats to U.S. interests by Iran and its proxies.