Congressman Mario Diaz-Balart

Representing the 25th District of FLORIDA

Diaz-Balart Supports Legislation to Prohibit Ransom Payments to Iranian Regime

Sep 22, 2016
Press Release

WASHINGTON – Congressman Mario Diaz-Balart (FL-25) released the following statement after the passage of H.R. 5931, the Prohibiting Future Ransom Payments to Iran Act, which would prohibit all cash payments to Iran and demand transparency on any future settlements with Iran to ensure funds are not being used to pay ransom.

“This necessary legislation prohibits President Obama – or any future president – from paying ransom for hostages. President Obama's capitulations to the mullahs in Iran, including $1.7 billion in cash, have emboldened the terrorist state. The United States has a longstanding history of never paying for the release of hostages, and of not providing material support to terrorists. Yet President Obama has yielded on both and endangered Americans in doing so.

“President Obama has rewarded one of the world's most dangerous terrorist states with cash and legitimacy, and treated it as an equal rather than the pariah that it is. I commend Speaker Ryan and Chairman Royce for their leadership on this issue to ensure that the United States never pays cash to the regime in Iran in exchange for hostages.”

In addition, this week the House passed H.R. 5461, the Iranian Leadership Transparency Act. This bill would require the Secretary of the Treasury to create and maintain a list of funds and assets held by senior Iranian political and military regime officials.