No Ransom Payments Act of 2016

September 6, 2016
September 6, 2016
Referred to Senate (sub)committee

Like identical measure H.R. 5940 of 9/6/15, this bill would prohibit the president from paying final judgments, awards, or any other legal remunerations to Iran until: Tehran returned any money the U.S. transferred to it after 1/1/16; satisfied all outstanding judgments against it in U.S. courts; and compensated the hostages seized at the U.S. Embassy on 11/4/1979. Once these conditions were satisfied, the bill would require the president to certify to Congress that any payments to Iran would not be used for supporting acts of terror; and require the director of national intelligence to submit to Congress a report on funds paid to Iran after 1/1/16. Furthermore, the president would be directed to impose sanctions on any Iranian person involved in the kidnapping of a U.S. citizen on or after 3/9/07, and prohibited from paying ransom for any U.S. citizens kidnapped in Iran or by any other state sponsor of international terrorism.

28 cosponsors (28R).

Last major action: 9/6/16 referred to Senate Comm. on Foreign Relations.

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