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Kevin McCarthy: House Considering Bill to Prevent Cash Payments to Iran

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By    |   Tuesday, 20 Sep 2016 01:13 PM

Congress will vote Friday on a bill that seeks to block further payments to Iran following the Obama administration's decision to send $400 million in cash to the Middle Eastern country as four hostages were being released, House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy said Tuesday.

"The president broke a long principal policy of America that we do not pay for hostages," the California Republican told Fox News' "America's Newsroom" program. "He paid a ransom. He said he had to give it in cash to Iran. That's the worst form to ever give anything to Iran. One, you can't trace where the money goes. Two,  Iran sponsors terrorism around the world. The president said he had to give it in cash because he could not wire the money."

However, McCarthy told program co-host Bill Hemmer that it is not true that wire transfers can't be sent to Iran, as the Obama administration "has wired money twice in the last 14 months."

"They are capable of wiring money to Iran, which gives you a better trace of where the money is going," said McCarthy, which enables the country to fund terrorism.

"Not only did he pay ransom for hostages, he did it in the manner Iran asked for so they could fund it around the world," said McCarthy. "How many more times has Iran's boats come closer to our Navy after this had taken place?"

Paying ransom for hostages, he continued, "incentivizes countries to take more of our hostages."

He also accused the Obama administration of not being forthright about the transfer.

"We had not found out about the money until afterward," said McCarthy. "They had the capability of wiring the money. But, no, they did exactly what Iran asked them to do, pay them in cash so they could fund terrorism around the world."

And meanwhile, America has taken a "step back" in the Middle East, said McCarthy, and Iran, Russia, and North Korea have filled the void.

"Why is North Korea testing more now after they watched the way the president handled Iran?" said McCarthy. "It goes to show this administration will give more to its enemies than to its allies."

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Congress will vote Friday on a bill seeks to block further payments to Iran following the Obama administration's decision to send $400 million in cash to the Middle Eastern country as four hostages were being released, House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy said Tuesday.
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