Congressman Peter Roskam

Representing the 6th District of Illinois

House Votes to Bar Aircraft Sales to Iran

Sep 14, 2017
Press Release

Washington, D.C. Today, the House of Representatives passed legislation including two amendments authored by U.S. Representative Peter J. Roskam which block the controversial sales of both Boeing and Airbus aircraft to the Islamic Republic of Iran. As reported by the Hill, the amendments to the Make America Secure and Prosperous Appropriations Act passed by voice vote.

Amendment #190 prohibits the Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) from using funds to authorize a license necessary to allow aircraft to be sold to Iran.

Amendment #191 ensures Iran will not receive loans from U.S. financial institutions to purchase militarily-fungible aircraft by prohibiting OFAC from using funds to authorize the financing of such transactions.

Last month, Rep. Roskam led a letter to Secretary Mnuchin raised concerns of newly published photos showing Iran-back militants aboard Iran Air flights to Syria.

Background

Last April, Rep. Roskam wrote an Op-Ed in The Wall Street Journal urging Western companies not to do business in Iran. “If you wouldn’t do business with Islamic State, you shouldn’t do business with the Islamic Republic,” he wrote. Rep. Roskam spoke with French and European media outlets to warn Airbus not to sell planes to the Iranians.

In May 2016, he joined fellow Illinois Reps. Robert Dold and Randy Hultgren in sending a letter to Boeing’s CEO urging the Chicago-based company not to empower the terror-sponsoring regime. Senior members of the Congressional delegation from Washington state, where Boeing is the largest private employer, crafted another letter of inquiry.

In June 2016, Iranian regime officials announced their intention to buy and lease 109 new Boeing aircraft in a deal worth up to $25 billion, pending approval from the U.S. government. Rep. Roskam and Financial Services Committee Chairman Jeb Hensarling wrote to Boeing once again, asking specific questions to help them assess the national security implications of such a deal. Rep. Roskam wrote an Op-Ed in USA Today detailing his opposition to the misguided, dangerous proposal.

In July 2016, the Financial Services Committee held a hearing on the implications of aircraft sales to Iran. Both Republicans and Democrats spoke out in support of legislation to block or impede the transfer of these militarily-fungible goods to the world’s leading state sponsor or terror.

The House easily passed two amendments authored by Rep. Roskam to block the controversial sales of both Boeing and Airbus aircraft to the Islamic Republic of Iran. The amendments to the Financial Services and General Government Appropriations Act passed by voice vote, indicating overwhelming, bipartisan support.

In November 2016, the House passed legislation blocking financing for aircraft sales to Iran.

In July 2017, the House passed legislation requiring a report on Iran’s use of commercial aircraft for illicit purposes.

Last month, Rep. Roskam led a letter to Secretary Mnuchin raised concerns of newly published photos showing Iran-back militants aboard Iran Air flights to Syria.

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