Banks votes to increase sanctions against Iran

Congressman Jim Banks (IN-03), a member of the House Armed Services Committee, voted Wednesday, Oct. 25, to increase sanctions on Iran’s missile program.

“Iran became increasingly bold in the Middle East and Syria under the previous administration, and we cannot allow its aggression to go unchecked,” Banks said in a news release. “By enacting stronger sanctions against Iran and those who seek to help the Iranian regime acquire nuclear-capable ballistic missiles, Iran will be held accountable.

“Ensuring the safety of Americans and our friends in the region depends on aggressive action by Congress, and this bill is a step in the right direction.”

The House passed H.R. 1698, the Iran Ballistic Missiles and International Sanctions Enforcement Act, by a vote of 423-2. The legislation bans foreign entities from transferring arms or technology to Iran that could help it develop nuclear-capable ballistic missiles.