Senator Marco Rubio’s proposal asking for more sanctions on Hezbollah is being sent to President Trump’s desk. The “Hezbollah International Financing Prevention Amendments Act” expands sanctions imposed by the “Hezbollah International Financing Prevention Act.”Senator Rubio commented on the matter on Friday, noting that “Iranian-backed Hezbollah terrorists are responsible for the deaths of hundreds of Americans, and continue to pose grave threats to the United States and our allies, including the democratic state of Israel. This legislation will strengthen international efforts to combat the financing and expansion of Hezbollah ’s terrorist and missile threats, as well as its narcotics trafficking and other transnational criminal activities, and build upon the successes of our 2015 law that targets Hezbollah, its proxies and its enablers. I thank my colleagues in the Senate and House for their support of this important bill, and I look forward to seeing the president sign it into law soon.”
Democratic Senator Jeanne Shaheen, who serves on the U.S. Senate Foreign Relations Committee with Senator Rubio, also worked on the proposal. Together, they’ve been fighting for sanctions since 2015.
Senator Shaheen shared her thoughts on the measure, adding that “Hezbollah has American blood on its hands and remains an ever-present threat to our national security and that of our allies, especially Israel. This bipartisan legislation helps further close the space in which Hezbollah operates and ensures that our government is comprehensively targeting Hezbollah ’s networks of support and holding its backers accountable. I look forward to the president signing this legislation into law so that these enhanced measures can go into effect as soon as possible.”
In 2015, both Senators introduced legislation imposing sanctions on businesses and banks that knowingly worked with Hezbollah. In addition, in 2014, Shaheen and Rubio introduced a resolution that urged the EU to recognize Hezbollah as a terrorist organization.