- - Wednesday, July 24, 2019

Thank you for supporting a democratically free Iran.

Iran’s government is a dangerous and destabilizing regional influence that rules with an iron fist, suppressing people’s individual rights and subjecting them to humanitarian abuse. As the world’s largest State sponsor of terror, Iran has bankrolled terrorist organizations that have waged war and undermined regional stability for decades.

It is important to point out, however, that the Iranian people are the greatest victim of this brutal regime. They have suffered under the Ayatollah for generations. But their struggle has not gone unnoticed. I would like to repeat the message Secretary Pompeo delivered at the Reagan library last year, “I have a message for the people of lran. The United States hears you; the United States supports you; the United States is with you.”

I believe it is important to support the Administration’s “maximum pressure” strategy. This strategy promotes freedom and individual rights of the people while taking every step necessary to liberate them from the regime’s oppressive rule. I have worked tirelessly with Congress and the Administration to achieve that goal..

This Congress, I introduced the Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps Economic Exclusion Act, which imposes additional sanctions on the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC). The IRGC acts as the regime’s most powerful military and security organization committing acts of domestic oppression and international terror The U.S. and its allies must stand together in confronting the tyrants in Iran, and doing everything in our power to push back against the world’s largest state sponsor of terrorism.

I am proud to stand in support of a free Iran.

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