Hoeven: Senate Passes Resolution Standing with Israel

WASHINGTON – Senator John Hoeven today issued the following statement after voting to approve a Senate resolution expressing solidarity with Israel in the wake of the terrorist attacks by Hamas.

“This resolution makes it clear that the United States Senate stands firmly with our friend and ally Israel,” said Hoeven, “At the same time, we unequivocally condemn Hamas’ terrorist attacks as well as Iran for sponsoring Hamas and other terrorist organizations. The atrocities that happened in Israel earlier this month must never happen again. We need to do all we can to stop Hamas and its terrorist activities.”

Hoeven continues working to advance policies that will contain Iran’s efforts to sponsor Hamas and other terrorist organizations and spread violence among its neighbors. To this end, the senator is supporting legislation to:

  • Freeze the $6 billion in Iranian funds now held in Qatar, including:
    • A bill sponsored by Senator Tom Cotton and Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell to statutorily reimpose sanctions on the funds, as well as a similar bill from Senator Roger Marshall.
    • A bill sponsored by Senator Tim Scott to freeze the funds and investigate all high-value Iranian assets around the world that are currently blocked by U.S. sanctions.
  • Codify “maximum pressure” sanctions on Iran, including bills to:
    • Maintain sanctions until the State Department can certify that Iran has stopped their efforts to assassinate U.S. government officials and Iranian dissidents living in the U.S., as well as bills to:
    • Enable Congress to approve or block any effort by the Biden administration to suspend or terminate U.S. sanctions against the Iranian regime.
    • Sanction illicit purchases of Iranian oil and hold the regime’s enablers accountable.
    • Require the administration review as a treaty, any proposed new nuclear deal with Iran.
    • Prohibit the Biden administration from waiving Congressional sanctions that prohibit cooperation on Iran’s nuclear program.