Tag: Iran

Daines Calls on Biden to Freeze $6 Billion Iran Transfer Following Terror Attacks on Israel from Iranian-Backed Hamas

U.S. SENATE – U.S. Senator Steve Daines joined a group of his Republican colleagues to call on President Biden and his administration to immediately freeze the Iranian accounts containing the $6 billion dollars that was a part of a ransom deal President Biden made with Iran. “To stand by and allow Iran access to these funds as Hamas infiltrates Israel and murders, rapes, and mutilates countless Israelis is unconscionable. Your administration claims these funds are only available for humanitarian use, but money is fungible, and there is a significant risk they could be used to further efforts by Iran or Hamas against Israel. Moreover, allowing $6 billion to flow into

Daines, GOP Colleagues, Demand Answers After Biden Admin Releases $6 Billion to Iran in Secret Negotiation

U.S. SENATE – U.S. Senator Steve Daines and his Republican colleagues sent a letter to Secretaries Blinken and Yellen demanding answers from the Biden administration regarding the approximately $6 billion it released to Iran in exchange for American prisoners.  In a letter to Secretaries Blinken and Yellen, the senators wrote, “When the Obama administration released $400 million in liquidated assets to Iran in 2016, we warned that this dangerous precedent would put a price on American lives. Seven years later, the current administration is providing a ransom payment worth at least fifteen times that amount to the world’s largest state sponsor of terror, in

Daines Slams Obama Administration on Long-Delayed Admission of Iranian Cyberattack on New York Dam

U.S. SENATE — Senator Steve Daines today slammed the Obama administration after reports indicate that they will name Iran as the perpetrator of a 2013 cyberattack on a New York dam. “It is downright shameful that it has taken President Obama three years to denounce Iran for a malicious cybersecurity attack on our country while at the same time sitting at a negotiating table with them,” Daines stated. “This failure is undoubtedly linked to President Obama’s clouded judgment in ushering through his misguided deal with Iran, which has only endangered our national security.  “Just this week Iran tested two ballistic missiles inscribed with ‘Israel must be

Senators Introduce Resolution to Detain ISIL Fighters in Guantanamo

U.S. SENATE — Following the recent announcement that U.S. Special Forces captured an Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) leader while carrying out Operation Inherent Resolve, Senator Steve Daines (R-MT) today led 14 Senators in introducing a resolution to detain ISIL fighters at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.  Cosponsors of the resolution include Senators Jerry Moran (R-KS), Cory Gardner (R-CO), Tom Cotton (R-AR), Marco Rubio (R-FL), Mark Kirk (R-IL), Ted Cruz (R-TX), Orrin Hatch (R-UT), Joni Ernst (R-IA), Johnny Isakson (R-GA), John Boozman (R-AR), Pat Roberts (R-KS), Jim Inhofe (R-OK), Tim Scott (R-SC) and David Vitter (R-LA).  As the United

Daines to Kerry: Congress Doesn’t Make Laws With Iranian Interests in Mind

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Senator Steve Daines today criticized Secretary of State John Kerry for his recent attempts to placate Iran’s concerns over the United States’ Visa Waiver Program (VWP) restrictions. Daines also called on Kerry to press the Iranian government, the largest state sponsor of terrorism, to cease its support for terrorist activity and provide tangible evidence of such action.  In a letter to Secretary Kerry, Daines and 13 of his colleagues ask the Secretary to make clear to Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif that U.S. national security interests, not Iranian interests, were the impetus for changes to the VWP. The letter is

Daines: Capture of U.S. Navy Boats is Further Proof Iran Can’t Be Trusted

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Senator Steve Daines tonight released the following statement regarding the recent capture of U.S. Navy boats by Iranian military forces: “This is yet another reminder that the Iranian regime cannot and should not be trusted. Given this latest provocation, it is unthinkable to lift any sanctions on Iran. We cannot placate Iran — the world’s biggest state sponsor of terrorism — with its current leadership in place. It should outrage all Americans that President Obama intends to completely ignore this serious issue during his State of the Union remarks tonight and has provided no confidence in his ability

Daines, Zinke Stand With Montanans In Opposition to President Obama’s Iran Deal

Daines, Zinke Stand With Montanans In Opposition to President Obama’s Iran Deal WASHINGTON, D.C. — Senator Steve Daines and Representative Ryan Zinke today stood with Montanans in opposition to President Obama’s bad deal with Iran. A recent poll showed that 60 percent of Montanans are opposed to President Obama’s deal with Iran.  Click here to watch Daines’ and Zinke’s remarks. Click here to download Daines’ and Zinke’s remarks.  “Ryan Zinke and I stand opposed to President Obama’s Iran deal,” Daines stated. “This deal provides billions of dollars to the world’s leading state sponsor of terror. This deal paves the way for a nuclear Iran – that’s why Ryan and I

Daines: Democrats Put Partisanship Above the American People

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Senator Steve Daines today released the following statement on Senate Democrats’ repeated refusal to allow an up or down vote on the Iran deal: “Yet again, Senate Democrats have put partisanship above the American people and refused to allow an up or down vote on the Iran deal. I am extremely disappointed that Senate Democrats are refusing to stand with Americans and give them their right to be heard in the United States Senate. Opposition to this deal is bipartisan. We need a deal that can be supported by more than one segment of one political party. ” Last week, Daines

Daines: Americans Deserve an Up or Down Vote on the Iran Deal

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Senator Steve Daines today slammed Senate Democrats for blocking an up or down vote on the President’s deal with Iran:  “The American people deserve to have an up or down vote on one of the most consequential issues facing our nation. Senate Democrats are blocking the voice of the American people by failing to allow a vote on the President’s deal with Iran.  “Let us not forget that just a few short months ago, the Iran Nuclear Agreement Review Act passed the Senate on a bipartisan vote of 98-1. Today’s vote proves that Democrats are once again bowing to the

Daines, Zinke Stand With American Legion Against Iran Deal

Senator Steve Daines and Representative Ryan Zinke today released the following statements following a vote taken at the American Legion National Convention by the body to publically and officially oppose the Iran nuclear agreement. “The men and women of the American Legion have experienced first-hand the sacrifices made in times of war,”Daines stated. “I stand with the American Legion in my continuing opposition to the Iran nuclear agreement which keeps Iran on track to obtain a nuclear weapon and will only increase their destructive influence as the world’s leading state-sponsor of terrorism.” “I am proud to stand with the American Legion