GOP Takes Aim at Iran

( – In the wake of a direct assault by Iran on Israel, House Republicans have prepared a collection of 12 proposed bills aimed at imposing new sanctions on Iran.

This legislativе push sееks to address the fallout from Iran’s historic and unprovoked aggression, characterized by a barrage of over 300 drones, ballistic missiles, and cruise missiles originating from Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC).

Amidst concerns about escalating tensions, the White House is advising the Israeli government to refrain from a military counterstrike, which advocated instead for restraint to prevent further escalation between the two nations.

The White House’s approach has faced criticism, particularly from Republicans, who supported Israel’s right to retaliate and stressed that Iran’s actions must not go without significant repercussions.

The proposed legislative package from House Republicans aimed to fortify sanctions against the Iranian regime and sever some of its international economic ties.

The measures also target Iran’s terror affiliates in the region, notably Hamas, with some bills that urged the European Union to classify the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) as a terrorist organization and labeling the chant “from the river to the sea, Palestine will be free” as antisemitic.

House Majority Leader Steve Scalise emphasized the Republican commitment to Israel’s support and expressed frustration over the Senate’s inaction on a previously proposed aid bill for Israel.

He also highlighted the legislative effort as a decisive response to the threat posed by Iran, which included sanctions targeting Iran’s leadership, revenue streams, associates, and terror proxies.

Additionally, House Speaker Mike Johnson announced intentions to reintroduce U.S. aid for Israel in Congress in response to the recent attack, which reaffirmed the House Republicans’ dedication to standing with Israel.

This initiative contrasts with Democratic calls for the House to approve a broader $95 billion foreign aid package passed by the Senate, which includes support for both Israel and Ukraine.

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