"The United States did not pay ransom to secure the return of our Americans from Iran," the White House said of its $400 million cash payment in January. "This bill would benefit Iran, not the United States."
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But the White House said Mr. Obama is "proud" of his administrations role in keeping crime rates lower compared with previous decades.
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