Congressman Pete Olson

Representing the 22nd District of Texas

Olson Acts to Block Unlawful Iran Ransom Payments

September 23, 2016
Press Release

Washington, DC - Rep. Pete Olson (TX-22) last night acted to block future ransom payments by the United States to Iran. Olson voted for H.R. 5931, the Prohibiting Future Ransom Payments to Iran Act, which prohibits cash payments to Iran and demands transparency among the executive branch and Congress. This bill passed the House by a vote of 254 - 163 and heads to the Senate for consideration.

“The US has had an ongoing policy of not negotiating with or paying ransom to terrorists for the simple reason that doing so places every American in extreme danger,” Rep. Olson said. “Iran is the largest state sponsor of terror and cannot be trusted. The Obama White House’s flagrant disregard of this critically important policy only increases the threat level Americans face overseas. I’m pleased the House acted to stop the president from taking matters into his own hands. I urge the Senate to act quickly as well for the safety and security of our citizens traveling abroad.”

After it became public knowledge that the Administration sent a plane full of cash to Iran, a regime that still chants “death to America,” that number ballooned up. It wasn’t just $400 million, sadly another $1.3 billion was sent to Iran in three total shipments over the course of less than three weeks.


Media Contact: Melissa Kelly