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Rep. John Ratcliffe votes to support Iranian people against radical regime in Tehran

Washington, DC, January 9, 2018

Rep. John Ratcliffe (R-Texas) issued the following statement on the House passage of H.Res. 676 in support of the people of Iran:

“Today I joined my colleagues in standing with the people of Iran against the oppressive and radical regime in Tehran. We must be adamant and clear that the Iranian regime’s serious human rights abuses, corruption and support of terrorist groups like Hezbollah absolutely will not be tolerated. Unlike the Obama administration, we refuse to turn our backs on the Iranian regime’s destabilizing practices and disrespect for the human rights, civil liberties and free speech of its people. We fully support the brave Iranian people who are protesting these heinous actions.”

As a former federal terrorism prosecutor and member of the House Homeland Security Committee, Ratcliffe has led efforts in Congress against state sponsors of terrorism.

Last month, Ratcliffe led a coalition of House lawmakers in calling on the Justice Department (DOJ) to investigate the Obama administration’s actions to thwart the arrest and prosecution of individuals running drug trafficking and money laundering operations to fund Hezbollah.

Following the announcement of this effort, the Trump administration formally launched an investigation into the matter. The full letter sent to the DOJ is available here.