Hezbollah International Financing Prevention Act of 2014

H.R.4411
Introduced: 
April 7, 2014
113
Second
July 22, 2014
Passed in House

Designed to undermine a key ally of Syrian president Bashar al-Asad and to pressure Iran by way of its proxy, this bill would broaden sanctions against Hizballah, give it 2 new legal designations, and establish a procedure for enforcing existing restrictions on al-Manar TV, the Lebanese television station affiliated with Hizballah that the U.S. labeled a ‘Specially Designated Global Terrorist Entity’ in 2006.

Specifically, new sanctions would be instituted against foreign banks and financial institutions that engage in business with Hizballah, allowing the Treasury Dept. to target those organizations. It would also require the Obama administration to submit a list of satellite television providers that carry al-Manar TV and to justify any decision not to enforce sanctions on each of those providers. Finally, the Obama administration would be required to submit 2 reports to Congress, 1 each on Hizballah’s drug trafficking and transnational crime. These reports would certify whether or not Hizballah meets the criteria for being designated a narcotics trafficking and/or a transnational criminal organization; each designation would trigger further sanctions.

This bill was devised by Reps. Meadows and Brad Schneider (D-IL), both members of the House Foreign Affairs Comm., with the support of chair Ed Royce (R-CA) and ranking member Eliot Engel (D-NY).

During the House Foreign Affairs Comm.’s consideration of this bill on 6/26, Royce proposed an amendment stripping the bill of a series of nonbinding ‘findings.’ Critics of the original draft said that the findings in question could have destabilized Lebanon because they stipulated, inter alia, that Hizballah’s global financial networks allowed it to consolidate power within Lebanon.

After the House Foreign Affairs Comm. passed the bill by voice vote on 6/26, AIPAC issued a press release cheering the measure and added it as a ‘legislative priority’ on their website, along with the Senate companion measure.

321 cosponsors (193R, 128D).

See also: similar bill S. 2329 of 5/13/14.

Last major action: 7/22/14 Passed in the House by yea/nay vote, 404–0.

Sponsor/Cosponsors:

Robert Aderholt(R-AL)Mark E. Amodei(R-NV)Spencer Bachus(R-AL)Ron Barber(D-AZ)Louis Barletta(R-PA)Andy Barr(R-KY)John Barrow(D-GA)Karen Bass(D-CA)Joyce Beatty(D-OH)Kerry Bentivolio(R-MI)Ami Bera(D-CA)Gus Bilirakis(R-FL)Timothy Bishop(D-)Sanford Bishop(D-GA)Rob Bishop(R-UT)Diane Black(R-TN)Marsha Blackburn(R-TN)Suzanne Bonamici(D-OR)Madeleine Bordallo(D-)Robert Brady(D-PA)Kevin Brady(R-TX)Bruce Braley(D-IA)Jim Bridenstine(R-OK)Mo Brooks(R-AL)Susan Brooks(R-IN)Paul Jr. Broun(R-GA)Corrine Brown(D-FL)Julia Brownley(D-CA)Vernon Buchanan(R-FL)Larry Bucshon(R-IN)Michael Burgess(R-TX)Cheri Bustos(D-IL)GK Butterfield(D-NC)Bradley Byrne(R-AL)Shelly Moore Capito(R-WV)Tony Cardenas(D-CA)John Carney(D-DE)Andre Carson(D-IN)Matt Cartwright(D-PA)Kathy Castor(D-FL)Steve Chabot(R-OH)Jason Chaffetz(R-UT)Judy Chu(D-CA)David Cicilline(D-RI)Katherine Clark(D-MA)Curt Clawson(R-FL)Howard Coble(R-NC)Mike Coffman(R-CO)Chris Collins(R-NY)Doug Collins(R-GA)Mike Conaway(R-TX)Gerry Connolly(D-VA)Paul Cook(R-CA)Jim Cooper(D-TN)Jim Costa(D-CA)Tom Cotton(R-AR)Joe Courtney(D-CT)Kevin Cramer(R-ND)Rick Crawford(R-AR)Ander Crenshaw(R-FL)Joseph Crowley(D-)Elijah Cummings(D-MD)Steve Daines(R-MT)Danny Davis(D-IL)Rodney Davis(R-IL)Diana DeGette(D-CO)Ron DeSantis(R-FL)Susan DelBene(D-WA)John Delaney(D-MD)Rosa Delauro(D-CT)Jeff Denham(R-CA)Charlie Dent(R-PA)Scott DesJarlais(R-TN)Ted Deutch(D-FL)Mario Diaz-Balart(R-FL)Mike Doyle(D-PA)Tammy Duckworth(D-IL)Sean Duffy(R-WI)Jeff Duncan(R-SC)John Duncan Jr(R-TN)Renee Ellmers(R-NC)Eliot Engel(D-)William Enyart(D-IL)Elizabeth Esty(D-CT)Blake Farenthold(R-TX)Chaka Fattah(D-PA)Steven Fincher(R-TN)Michael Fitzpatrick(R-PA)Chuck Fleischmann(R-TN)John C. Fleming(R-LA)Bill Flores(R-TX)Randy Forbes(R-VA)Jeffrey Lane Fortenberry(R-NE)Bill Foster(D-IL)Virginia Foxx(R-NC)Lois Frankel(D-FL)Trent Franks(R-AZ)Rodney Frelinghuysen(R-NJ)Marcia Fudge(D-OH)Tulsi Gabbard(D-HI)Pete Gallego(D-TX)John Garamendi(D-CA)Joe Garcia(D-FL)Cory Gardner(R-CO)Scott Garrett(R-NJ)Jim Gerlach(R-PA)Bob Gibbs(R-OH)Chris Gibson(R-NY)Phil Gingrey(R-GA)Louis Jr. Gohmert(R-TX)Bob Goodlatte(R-VA)Paul Gosar(R-AZ)Trey Gowdy(R-SC)Sam Graves(R -MO)Tom Graves(R-GA)Alan Grayson(D-FL)Gene Green(D-TX)Tim Griffin(R-AR)Michael Grimm(R-NY)Brett Guthrie(R-)Janice Hahn(D-CA)Ralph Hall(R-TX)Colleen Hanabusa(D-HI)Richard Hanna(R-NY)Gregg Harper(R-MS)Andy Harris(R-MD)Vicky Hartzler(R-MO)Doc Hastings(R-WA)Alcee Hastings(D-FL)Jeb Hensarling(R-TX)Jaime Herrera Beutler(R-WA)Brian Higgins(D-)Jim Himes(D-CT)George Holding(R-NC)Rush Holt(D-NJ)Mike Honda(D-CA)Steven Horsford(D-NV)Richard Hudson(R-NC)Tim Huelskamp(R-KS)Jared Huffman(D-CA)Bill Huizenga(R-MI)Duncan Hunter(D-CA)Robert Hurt(R-VA)Steve Israel(D-)Hakeem Jeffries(D-NY)Lynn Jenkins(R-KS)Sam Johnson(R-TX)Bill Johnson(R-OH)James Jordan(R-OH)David Joyce(R-OH)William Keating(D-MA)Mike Kelly(R-PA)Robin L. Kelly(D-IL)Joseph Kennedy III(D-MA)Dan Kildee(D-MI)Derek Kilmer(D-WA)Ron Kind(D-WI)Steven King(R-IA)Pete King(R-)Jack Kingston(R-GA)Adam Kinzinger(R-IL)Ann Kirkpatrick(D-AZ)John Kline(R-MN)Doug LaMalfa(R-CA)Raul Labrador(R-ID)Douglas Lamborn(R-CO)Leonard Lance(R-NJ)Jim Langevin(D-RI)James Lankford(R-OK)John Larson(D-CT)Tom Latham(R-IA)Robert Latta(R-OH)Sander Levin(D-MI)Daniel Lipinski(D-IL)Frank Lobiondo(R-NJ)David Loebsack(D-IA)Zoe Lofgren(D-CA)Billy Long(R-MO)Alan Lowenthal(D-CA)Nita Lowey(D-)Blaine Luetkemeyer(R-MO)Ben R. Lujan(D-NM)Michelle Lujan Grisham(D-NM)Sean Patrick Maloney(D-NY)Kenny Ewell Marchant(R-TX)Jim Matheson(D-UT)Doris Matsui(D-CA)Vance McAllister(R-LA)Carolyn McCarthy(D-)Michael McCaul(R-TX)Tom McClintock(R-CA)Patrick McHenry(R-NC)David McKinley(R-WV)Cathy McMorris Rodgers(R-WA)Patrick Meehan(R-PA)Gregory Meeks(D-)Grace Meng(D-NY)Luke Messer(R-IN)John Mica(R-FL)Candice Miller(R-MI)Jeff Miller(R-FL)Markwayne Mullin(R-OK)Mick Mulvaney(R-SC)Patrick Murphy(D-PA)Jerrold Nadler(D-NY)Randy Neugebauer(R-TX)Kristi Noem(R-SD)Rick Nolan(D-MN)Richard Nugent(R-FL)Devin Gerald Nunes(R-CA)Alan Nunnelee(R-MS)Beto O'Rourke(D-TX)Pete Olson(R-TX)Bill Owens(D-NY)Steven Palazzo(R-MS)Frank Pallone Jr(D-NJ)Bill Pascrell Jr(D-NJ)Erik Paulsen(R-MN)Steve Pearce(R-NM)Edwin Perlmutter(D-CO)Scott Perry(R-PA)Gary Peters(D-MI)Scott Peters(D-CA)Robert Pittenger(R-NC)Joe Pitts(R-PA)Mark Pocan(D-WI)Ted Poe(R-TX)Jared Polis(D-CO)Mike Pompeo(R-KS)Bill Posey(R-FL)David Price(D-NC)Tom Price(R-GA)Mike Quigley(D-IL)Charles Rangel(D-)Tom Reed(R-NY)Dave Reichert(R-WA)James Renacci(R-OH)Reid Ribble(R-WI)Cedric Richmond(D-LA)Scott Rigell(R-VA)David "Phil" Roe(R-TN)Mike D Rogers(R-AL)Dana Rohrabacher(R-CA)Todd Rokita(R-IN)Tom Rooney(R-FL)Ileana Ros-Lehtinen(R-FL)Peter Roskam(R-IL)Dennis Ross(R-FL)Keith Rothfus(R-PA)Ed Royce(R-CA)Raul Ruiz(D-CA)Bobby Rush(D-IL)Paul Ryan(R-WI)Tim Ryan(D-OH)Matt Salmon(R-AZ)Linda Sanchez(D-CA)John Sarbanes(D-MD)Stephen Joseph Scalise(R-LA)Adam Schiff(D-CA)Brad Schneider(D-IL)Aaron Schock(R-IL)Kurt Schrader(D-OR)Allyson Schwartz(D-PA)David Schweikert(R-AZ)Austin Scott(R-SC)James Jr Sensenbrenner(R-WI)Jose Serrano(D-)Pete Sessions(R-TX)Terri Sewell(D-AL)Carol Shea-Porter(D-NH)Brad Sherman(D-CA)John Shimkus(R-IL)Bill Shuster(R-PA)Mike Simpson(R-ID)Albio Sires(D-NJ)Chris Smith(R-NJ)Adrian Smith(R-NE)Jason Smith(R-MO)Adam Smith(D-WA)Steve Southerland(R-FL)Chris Stewart(R-UT)Steve Stivers(R-OH)Steve Stockman(R-TX)Marlin Stutzman(R-IN)Eric Swalwell(D-CA)Mark Takano(D-CA)Lee Terry(R-NE)Glenn Thompson(R-PA)Patrick Tiberi(R-OH)John Tierney(D-MA)Scott Tipton(R-CO)Dina Titus(D-NV)Michael Turner(R-OH)Fred Upton(R-MI)David Valadao(R-CA)Chris Van Hollen(D-MD)Juan Vargas(D-CA)Marc Veasey(D-TX)Filemon Vela Jr.(D-TX)Nydia Velazquez(D-)Pete Visclosky(D-IN)Ann Wagner(R-MO)Tim Walberg(R-MI)Greg Walden(R -OR)Jackie Walorski(R-IN)Debbie Wasserman-Shultz(D-FL)Henry Waxman(D-CA)Randy K. Weber(R-TX)Daniel Webster(R-FL)Brad Wenstrup(R-OH)Lynn Westmoreland(R-GA)Ed Whitfield(R-KY)Roger Williams(R-TX)Frederica Wilson(D-FL)Joe Wilson(R-SC)Frank Wolf(R-VA)Steve Womack(R-AR)Rob Woodall(R-GA)Kevin Yoder(R-KS)Ted Yoho(R-FL)Todd Young(R-IN)

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