Iran Accountability Act of 2016

July 6, 2016
July 15, 2016
Referred to Senate (sub)committee

This bill would expand and strengthen sanctions on Iran related to its sponsorship of designated terrorist groups, ballistic missile tests, and human rights abuses. Specifically, it would impose sanctions on a number of Iranian organizations, including Mahan Air and the IRGC, but also on any persons or groups deemed to be involved in the abovementioned 3 categories. Inter alia, the bill would also direct the Treasury Dept. to establish and publish an IRGC watch list; apply certain restrictions on Iranian access to the U.S. financial system; authorize assistance for people working to promote the rule of law and economic opportunity in Iran; direct the president to establish an office in the State Dept. for a special coordinator on Human Rights and Democracy in Iran; and require government-run media channels, including Radio Free Europe and the Voice of America, to increase Iran-related programming.

9 cosponsors (9R).

Last major action: 7/15/16 referred to Senate Subcomm. on Trade (7/14/16 passed in House by yea/nay vote 246–179).

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