President Joe Biden is under pressure from top Senate Republicans to re-freeze $6 billion in Iranian oil revenue that was unfrozen last month in exchange for the release of Americans who had been unlawfully held.
To prevent the Iranians from accessing the $6 billion, Sen. Tom Cotton (R-AR) and Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) have sponsored legislation.
“The path of resources, training, and lethal weapons from Tehran to terrorists throughout the Middle East is crystal clear. On Saturday, it enabled cold-blooded killers like Hamas and Palestinian Islamic Jihad to perpetrate the deadliest day of violence against Jews in decades. The civilized world must re-impose serious consequences on the regime that aids and abets murderous evil against innocent Israelis. The United States must lead that effort by our example, and freezing Iranian assets is an important first step.” McConnell said.
Since Iran has been attacking American targets in the area for many years, Cotton noted that Biden’s decision to unfreeze $6 billion for Iran freed up other money for the regime to fund its attacks in Israel.
Following the tragic terrorist attacks over the weekend, a different group of Republicans issued a letter to Biden on Monday urging him to block the funds.
The letter was signed by Republican Sens. Marsha Blackburn (TN), Sens. Thom Tillis (NC), Steve Daines (MT), Rick Scott (FL), Kevin Cramer (ND), Senate Republican Whip John Thune (SD), James Lankford (OK), Mike Lee (UT), John Cornyn (TX), Bill Cassidy (LA), Lindsey Graham (SC), Katie Britt (AL), Tom Cotton (AR), Pete Ricketts (NE), Mike Braun (IN), Markwayne Mullin (OK), Eric Schmitt (MO), Ted Budd (NC), Marco Rubio (FL) and Roger Marshall (KS).