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Congress & the Middle East:

Countering Iran's Destabilizing Activities Act of 2017

On June 15, 2017, the U.S. Senate passed the Countering Iran's Destabilizing Activities Act of 2017 by a vote of 98-2.  The act would apply terrorism sanctions to the country's Revolutionary Guard Corps, as well as sanctions on individuals involved with Iran's ballistic missile program.  The measure, if approved by the House and signed by the President, would also provide enforcement for an existing arms embargo.  Sanctions against Russia were included in the Act, with the aim of targetting individuals engaged in malicious cyber activity on behalf of the Russian government.  To read the full text of the Act, please click here.