Wagner Votes to Prohibit Ransom Payments to Iran

Sep 22, 2016
Press Release

WASHINGTON – Today, Congresswoman Ann Wagner (R-MO-02) released the following statement after the U.S. House of Representatives passed the Prohibiting Future Ransom Payments to Iran Act, with a 254-163 vote:

“Americans, including myself, are outraged that the Obama Administration paid a $1.7 billion ransom payment in unmarked bills to Iran. The Islamic Republic of Iran is the world’s leading state sponsor of terrorism and this Administration carelessly gave them cash that has been reportedly transferred to the Iranian military, funding Hezbollah and other terrorist proxies. This vote tonight will prevent such reckless and unimaginable payments in the future by the United States government.”

Congresswoman Wagner recently questioned officials from the U.S. Departments of State, Justice, and Treasury during a Financial Services Committee Oversight and Investigations hearing focused on the Obama Administration’s deal with Iran. Congresswoman Wagner asked for a classified briefing, saying that the American people deserve more clarity on unknown details related to the ransom payment.

Watch the hearing clip here: