The legislation would establish a Congressional-Executive commission to oversee the implementation of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA). The Commission would verify Iran’s compliance with its obligations under the agreement, assess the adequacy of the safeguards and other control mechanisms contained in the agreement, and assess the capacity of the International Atomic Energy Agency to implement the verification regime. H.R.3741 would establish lasting Congressional and Executive branch coordination on the nuclear agreement and send a message to the international community that the U.S. is resolved in seeing full compliance of the agreement.
PAAIA’s 2015 national public opinion survey indicates that Iranian Americans are support of legislation that would make an Iran nuclear agreement subject to congressional oversight. Cosponsors receive a (+) on the scorecard.
Primary Sponsors: Rep. Connolly, Gerald [D-VA]; Rep. Hannah, Richard [R-NY]
Status: Referred to the House Foreign Affairs Committee.
U.S. - Iran Relations
H.R.4992/5119/5631 - Legislation that will roll back Iran Nuclear Deal
On the one-year anniversary of the Iran Nuclear Deal, the House of Representatives passed a series of bills that would roll back U.S. commitments to implement the international agreement. The legislation, amongst other measures, would prevent the implementation of certain sanctions relief mandated by the nuclear accord on the basis of non-nuclear activity, prohibiting permissible dollar transactions between Iran and the international community that are wholly outside the U.S. financial system, and barring U.S. purchases of "heavy water" from Iran. The Administration has threatened to veto the legislation if it clears the Senate.
PAAIA’s national public opinion surveys indicate that Iranian Americans would not be supportive of efforts to undermine or derail the Iran nuclear deal. Representatives who voted against the measure have an (+) next to their name, while those who voted for the bill receive a (-).
Primary Sponsors: Rep. Royce, Ed [R-CA], Rep. McCarthy, Kevin [R-CA], Rep. Pompeo, Mike [R-KS
Status: Passed the House of Representatives, currently pending in the Senate.
H.Res.233 - Expressing the sense of the House of Representatives that Iran should immediately release the three U.S. citizens that it holds, as well as provide all known information on any U.S. citizens that have disappeared within its borders
The resolution calls on the Iranian government to immediately release Iranian Americans Amir Hekmati, Jason Rezaian, and Saeed Abedini detained in Iran as well as provide information on U.S. citizens who have disappeared within Iran’s borders. The measure passed the House of Representatives without amendment on June 15, 2015. Cosponsors of the bill receive a (+).
Primary Sponsor: Kildee, Dan [D-MI]
Status: Passed the House of Representatives.
H.Res.808 - Calling on the Government of the Islamic Republic of Iran to release Iranian Americans Siamak Namazi and his fa-ther, Baquer Namazi
The resolution calls on the Iranian government to immediately release Siamak Namazi and his father, Baquer Namazi, who are dual U.S.- Iranian citizens currently detained in Iran. It calls on President Obama, the allies of the United States, and the United Nations to raise the cases of Siamak and Baquer Namazi with officials of the Government of Iran at every opportunity. The resolution also encourages the Obama Administration to utilize the appropriate measures against the government of Iran if Siamak and Baquer Namazi are not released. Cosponsors receive a (+) on the scorecard.
Primary Sponsors: Rep. Royce, Ed [R-CA], Rep. Connolly, Gerald [D-VA]
Status: Referred to the House Committee on Foreign Affairs. Ordered to be Reported by Voice Vote.
H.R.158 - Visa Waiver Program Improvement and Terrorist
Travel Prevention Act of 2015
The legislation amends the Immigration and Nationality Act to include terrorism risk as a factor when determining an alien’s eligibility under the Visa Waiver Program (VWP) to travel to the United States. VWP allows citizens of 38 participating countries to travel to the U.S., Europe, Japan and South Korea without a visa for stays of 90 days or less. The legislation excludes those with Iranian, Iraqi, Sudanese and Syrian nationality or anyone who has traveled to those countries in the past five years from using the program to enter the country. Because the program is based on reciprocity, this could potentially place reciprocal restrictions from Europe and other participating countries. As such, Iranian Americans could be barred from the program solely based on their national origin or for visiting family and other legitimate travel plans. Representatives who voted against the measure have an (+) next to their name while those who voted for the bill receive a (-).
Primary Sponsor: Rep. Miller, Candice [R-MI]
Status: Passed the House of Representatives, cleared both Chambers of Congress as part of must pass omnibus bill that was signed into law by President Obama on December 18, 2015.
H.R.4380 - Equal Protection in Travel Act of 2016
Discussed in the Senate section of this scorecard, the legislation would strip the discriminatory dual nationality provisions contained in the Visa Waiver Program Improvement and Terrorist Travel Prevention Act of 2015 passed into law in December 2015. Cosponsors receive a (+) on the scorecard.
Primary Sponsor: Amash, Justin [R-MI]
Status: Referred to the House Judiciary Committee.
H.R.5203 - Visa Integrity and Security Act of 2016
A bill to amend the Immigration and Nationality Act to provide for new procedures pertaining to the processing of petitions and applications for immigrant or nonimmigrant visas or for immigration benefits, and for other purposes. If enacted into law, the legislation would negatively impact the Iranian American community, undermine U.S. interests, and make it increasingly difficult for all immigrants and travelers to come to the United States. It includes a discriminatory provision that mandates individualized Security Advisory Opinions (SAO) on all immigrant and non-immigrant visa applicants who are nationals of Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Syria, Sudan, or Yemen. This could increase the probability that people who are completely innocent will, by virtue of their nationality, be subject to unnecessary screening procedures and may be improperly barred from entering into the United States
Cosponsors and Representatives who voted to mark-up the legislation in the House Judiciary Committee receive a (-) on the scorecard, while those who voted against the mark-up receive a (+).
Primary Sponsor: Forbes, Randy J. [R-VA]
Status: Referred to the House Judiciary, Homeland Security, and Foreign Affairs Committees. Ordered to be Reported (Amended) out of Judiciary Committee by a margin of: 14 - 10.
H.Res.156 - Recognizing the cultural and historical significance of Nowruz
The legislation recognizes the cultural and historical significance of Nowruz and wishes Iranian Americans, the people of Iran, and all those who celebrate the holiday a prosperous new year. In addition to commemorating the Nowruz holiday, the resolution acknowledges the “lasting contributions” of Persian civilization to the world and the “noteworthy” impact Iranian Americans have had to the social and economic fabric of America. The resolution also underscores the importance of human rights and religious tolerance not just for the people of Iran, but for people everywhere, and supports the democratic aspirations of the Iranian people.
Cosponsors receive a (+) on the scorecard.
Primary Sponsor: Honda, Michael [D-CA]
Status: Referred to the House Foreign Affairs Committee.