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House Votes to Bar Sale of Commercial Planes to Iran

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By    |   Thursday, 17 Nov 2016 02:00 PM

The House passed a bill on Thursday that would forbid the U.S. government from selling aircraft to Iran, according to the Washington Examiner.

The bill came about because of the Treasury Department's decision to allow U.S. banks to finance sales of Boeing aircrafts to Iran.

"This bill would keep Americans' deposits away from a country where the president's own State Department calls 'the foremost state sponsor' (of terrorism) and Treasury called it a money laundering concern," said Michigan Rep. Bill Huizenga, the Examiner reports. 

"Why should U.S. banks and their customers be implicated in Iranian atrocities?" he asked.

President Barack Obama and other western countries lifted sanctions on Iran in a trade for compliance with nuclear weapons restrictions. The lifting of the sanctions made it possible for western-based corporations to do business there, but they have not moved quickly to do that.

The Examiner notes the corporations' reluctance could lead to Iran walking away from the deal, since it has not gained the benefits it expected.

Rep. Maxine Waters, D-Calif., said the bill would violate the deal's terms and accused the GOP of passing bills they know will be vetoed now while Obama is in office.

"Perhaps my colleagues on the other side of the aisle know that in two short months, they will no longer have the luxury of legislating without consequences," Waters said, according to the Examiner.

"I'm going to bet that under the Trump administration, Republicans will not be so eager to move legislation to unravel this agreement because, like the rest of us, they do not know how Mr. Trump will govern and because they know there is no reasonable approach to curbing Iran's nuclear ambition short of military intervention."

According to the The Washington Post, the bill was approved by 243-174 vote, but it must still clear in the Senate.

"We need to make sure that American taxpayers are not subsidizing this deal," said Rep. Peter Roskam, R-Ill.

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