Rep. Paul Cook Votes For The Justice For Victims of Iranian Terror Act


By Staff Reports

(Victor Valley)– Today, Rep. Paul Cook (R- Apple Valley) voted in favor of HR 3457, the Justice for Victims of Iranian Terrorism Act. This bill passed the House of Representatives with bipartisan support. Rep. Cook is a cosponsor of this legislation.

The Justice for Victims of Iranian Terrorism Act prohibits the President from waiving, lifting, or suspending sanctions pursuant to the Iran Deal until Iran pays the judgements owed to victims of terror. The bill requires the President must certify to Congress that the Government of Iran has paid all its judgement.

The Foreign Sovereign Immunities Act (FSIA) as amended gives US victims of state-sponsored terrorism the ability to bring suit in US court and collect damages from those states. Over the last 15 years, Iran has accumulated a debt of $43.5 billion in unpaid damages through more than 80 FSIA cases.

Cook said, “Iran is a well-known funder and supporter of the Palestinian Islamic Jihad, Hamas, Hezbollah, and other terrorist proxies. Iran continues to be the world’s lead sponsor of terrorism and should not get one cent in US sanctions relief until it has compensated the families of those whose lives were taken by Iranian terrorism.”

A member of the House Natural Resources, Armed Services, and Foreign Affairs Committees, Cook served as an infantry officer and retired after 26 years as a Colonel in the U.S. Marine Corps. During his time in combat, he was awarded the Bronze Star and two Purple Hearts.

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