Rep. Paul Cook Cosponsors Bills to Sanction Hezbollah, Block Terrorist from Entering the United States
WASHINGTON – Today, Rep. Paul Cook (R – Apple Valley) cosponsored two bills that will protect the United States from Iranian terrorism. The first of these is the H.R. 4411, the Hezbollah International Financing Prevention Act of 2014, and the second is H.R. 4357, which would prevent terrorists from entering the U.S. as U.N. Ambassadors.
H.R. 4411, the Hezbollah International Financing Prevention Act, will deal a blow to one of the world’s most dangerous terrorist organizations by imposing sanctions on their finances and financiers. In addition to expanding financial sector sanctions against Hezbollah, this bill would strengthen America’s ability to go after the counterfeiting and narcotics operations it uses for funding. Additionally, it would cripple al-Manar, a television station that incites violence and broadcasts pro-Hezbollah propaganda.
H.R. 4357 would block terrorists from using diplomatic credentials to enter the United States. This bill became necessary when Iran announced its intention to name Hamid Aboutalebi, a known terrorist, as its ambassador to the United Nations. Aboutalebi was a member of the Muslim Students Following the Imam’s Line, the group that stormed the American Embassy in Tehran and took 54 Americans hostage for 444 days.
Cook said “Before 9/11, Hezbollah, which is a terrorist arm of the Iranian Revolutionary Guard, was responsible for more American deaths than any other terrorist organization. It is absolutely essential that the United States does everything we can to protect America and our allies. Whether they’re carrying an AK-47 or carrying a diplomatic passport, terrorists have no place in the United States. I’m proud to be a cosponsor of these key bills to combat Iranian terror.”
A member of the House Armed Services, Foreign Affairs, Veterans’ Affairs Committees, Cook served as an infantry officer and retired after 26 years as a Colonel in the U.S. Marine Corps. During his time in combat, he was awarded the Bronze Star and two Purple Hearts.