Congressman Andy Barr (KY-6) today voted for H.R. 3457, the Justice for Victims of Iranian Terrorism Act. The bill holds Iran accountable by requiring them to pay court-ordered compensation to victims of its state-sponsored terrorism before economic sanctions are lifted on the regime as part of the proposed nuclear agreement.
U.S. courts have awarded judgments to the victims of these and other attacks, requiring Iran to compensate them for their losses. Dozens of such judgments remain outstanding – with $43.5 billion in unpaid damages through more than 80 cases over the last 15 years, according to the Congressional Research Service.
“Iran is the world’s leading state-sponsor of terrorism and owes billions of dollars in court-ordered compensation to its victims,” said Congressman Barr. “I strongly oppose the proposed nuclear agreement with Iran, but if President Obama moves forward with this bad deal without the support of Congress, we must insist on justice for the families of victims of Iranian terrorism before they receive one cent of sanctions relief.”
Congressman Barr is a cosponsor of H.R. 3457, the Victims of Iranian Terrorism Act.