For Immediate Release
September 23, 2016
Contact: Dave Gilliard
Sacramento County, CA — Last night, Congressman Ami Bera voted to allow the Administration to continue making cash payments to Iran, including ransom payments for hostages being held by Iran’s terrorist-backing regime. Congressman Bera’s latest vote in support of transferring funds to Iran follows his initial vote in favor of the Iran Deal, which paved the way for such secret payments to be made.
“Funneling cash to the outlaw regime in Iran, the world’s number one state sponsor of terrorism, is wrong, dangerous and demonstrates Congressman Bera’s weakness and complete lack of judgment on how to keep America and her allies safe,” said Sheriff Scott Jones. “The $400 million dollars in cash that the Administration shipped to Iran has now been widely exposed as a ransom payment and the Congressman’s vote last night was to allow more payments to terrorist sponsors like Iran.”
The bill’s sponsor is House Foreign Affairs Committee Chairman Ed Royce, who said: “the Obama Administration forked over a massive cash ransom to Iran, emboldening the world’s leading state sponsor of terror, putting more lives at risk. All of this was done in secret, hidden from the American people and from Congress. This bill will ensure it doesn’t happen again.”
“Why would Ami Bera want to continue making cash payments to Iran, that Secretary of State John Kerry has admitted will go to fund terrorist activities, is a question only he can answer,” said Sheriff Jones, “but it demonstrates a pattern of reckless voting that has made America and the world less safe.”
Fortunately, in spite of Congressman Bera’s opposition, the House of Representatives passed the “Prohibiting Future Ransom Payments to Iran Act” with bipartisan support. The bill prohibits cash payments to Iran and demands transparency in future settlements to ensure they are not used to pay ransom.
Sacramento County Sheriff Scott Jones is challenging Congressman Ami Bera in California’s 7th district, one of the most watched races in the country. Sheriff Jones hosts the Regional Terrorism Threat Assessment Center and sits as Chair of the Central California Intelligence Center.
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