July 21, 2014. The House is expected to vote Tuesday evening on the Hezbollah International Financing Prevention Act of 2014, H.R. 4411, introduced by Congressman Mark Meadows (R-NC).
The bill targets Hezbollah, a designated Foreign Terrorist Organization, by sanctioning its foreign financial assets, while also going after its international narcotics trafficking rings, its propaganda arm, al-Manar TV. HR 4411 also directs the Administration to designate Hezbollah as a transnational criminal organization and a drug Kingpin, giving U.S. law enforcement another tool to use when cracking down on Hezbollah’s terrorist activities.
“Allowing Hezbollah’s terrorist and criminal activities to continue unabated poses a direct threat to our nation and to our allies, particularly Israel,” Congressman Mark Meadows (R-NC) said. “Let us not forget that it wasn’t very long ago that a Hezbollah terrorist cell was found operating in Charlotte, NC. Hezbollah’s terrorist enterprise isn’t confined within the borders of Iran or Lebanon, but has spanned on to U.S. soil,” Meadows added.
The bill was originally co-sponsored by Foreign Affairs Committee Chairman Ed Royce (R-CA), Ranking Member Rep. Elliot Engel (D-NY), and Rep. Brad Schneider (D-IL.). The widely popular bipartisan legislation has 319 co-sponsors in the House and is expected to pass easily.