Steil Urges House Foreign Affairs Committee to Conduct Review of U.S. Policies to Deter Iran

February 18, 2021
Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C.— Republican Study Committee (RSC) National Security and Foreign Affairs Task Force Member Congressman Bryan Steil urged the House Foreign Affairs Committee to investigate Iran’s violations of the failed Iran Nuclear Deal. RSC National Security and Foreign Affairs Task Force Chairman Joe Wilson, and Congressmen Dan Crenshaw and Paul Gosar joined Steil in this effort. Read more about this effort in the Washington Free Beacon. 

“As recently as February 10, reports have indicated the Iranian Regime is building up its nuclear capabilities. Now more than ever, Congress needs to examine our policies to prevent Iran from becoming a nuclear power and ensure the Biden Administration does not squander President Trump’s successful maximum pressure campaign. The United States cannot return to the days of sending pallets of cash to Iran’s leaders, supporting Iran’s pursuit of terrorism, and allowing the regime to continue its nuclear build up. I join my colleagues in urging Chairman Meeks to immediately hold a public hearing to expose Iran’s aggression and the actions needed to combat the regime,” said Steil.

“Given the ongoing threats posed by the Iranian regime to U.S. national security and the security of our allies, it is critical that a hearing be held to address these issues. I look forward to working with my colleagues to counter the continued malign interests of Iran. Their chants of “death to Israel and death to America,” must be met with resolute action,” said Wilson.

Read the letter to the House Foreign Affairs Committee below or here.

Dear Chairman Meeks and Ranking Member McCaul:

I write to request that the Committee on Foreign Affairs hold a hearing to examine Iran’s nuclear program, their support for terrorism, and their attempts to intimidate our allies. Iran’s recent provocations pose a range of threats to U.S. national security and the security of our regional allies and partners.

As you know, on Monday, January 4, 2021, Iran announced that it had resumed enriching uranium up to 20 percent purity at its underground Fordow nuclear facility. On the same day, Iranian forces seized a South Korean-flagged oil tanker, holding both the vessel and crew hostage. Reports also indicate that Iran sponsored a significant cyber attack on Israel late last year.

Considering these recent developments, Congress should review existing policies and programs designed to counter the full range of Iranian threats.

I look forward to working with you on this subject. Thank you for considering holding a hearing regarding this important matter.

Sincerely,

Bryan Steil

Joe Wilson

Dan Crenshaw

Paul Gosar