House passes Kim-sponsored bill to counter terrorism by Iran

Rep. Young Kim

The U.S. House of Representatives on April 17 passed legislation sponsored by U.S. Rep. Young Kim (R-CA) that would establish congressional oversight of sanctions against Iran. 

“I thank my colleagues for coming together in a bipartisan way to support this bill, restore congressional oversight, and hold Tehran accountable,” Rep. Kim said on Wednesday. 

The House voted  271-147 to approve the Iran Counterterrorism Act, H.R. 6323, which Rep. Kim introduced on Nov. 9, 2023, to require Iran to cease support for acts of international terrorism as a condition for the U.S. president to waive secondary sanctions imposed on the regime in Tehran, according to a bill summary provided by the congresswoman’s office.

H.R. 6323 also would provide for a congressional review process for national security interest waivers of these sanctions if Iran continues its support for global terror, the summary says.

“We cannot afford to embolden Iran — the world’s largest state sponsor of terrorism — any further,” said Rep. Kim. “The Iran Counterterrorism Act ensures Congress can weigh in before the executive branch waives sanctions on Iran.”

H.R. 6323 on April 18 advanced to the U.S. Senate, which referred the bill to the U.S. Senate Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs Committee for consideration.