Congressman Roger Williams

Representing the 25th District of Texas

Rep. Williams: Use Iran Money to Help Vets

Sep 7, 2016
Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC –Congressman Roger Williams (R – Austin), a member of the Financial Services Committee’s Task Force to Investigate Terrorism Financing, today released the following statement after the Obama Administration on Tuesday disclosed that it had transferred $1.3 billion in cash to Iran shortly after it delivered a $400 million cash payment the same day Iran released four American prisoners.

“Instead of sending over ransom money to a state sponsor of terrorism that imprisons American citizens and taunts our Navy, President Obama should have used this $1.7 billion to improve the care of veterans who have so bravely served our country.”

Last month, U.S. State Department officials acknowledged the initial $400 million cash payment was used as “leverage.”

“Whether it is their refusal to utter the phrases ‘radical Islam’ or ‘ransom,’ the Obama Administration has tried time and again to deceive the American people with its policies that have made America less safe,” said Williams. “It’s time we prioritize our veterans and the national security of this great country.”

Today, Williams became a cosponsor of the Prohibiting Future Payments to Iran Act which would ban the U.S. Government from providing cash payments to the Government of Iran.

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