The House will vote next week on a bill sanctioning Iran over its ballistic missile program, GOP leaders said Friday.
Lawmakers plan to quickly pass the Iran Ballistic Missiles and International Sanctions Enforcement Act. The bill won unanimous approval from the House Foreign Affairs Committee earlier in October and is expected to be considered under special rules limiting debate time and requiring two-thirds majority for passage.
The measure would expand sanctions against Iran, which has continued to sponsor terrorism and pursue a ballistic missile program that could be used in the future to launch nuclear weapons.
It would also sanction the militant group Hezbollah, which bill sponsor Ed Royce, R-Calif., the chairman of the Foreign Affairs Committee, said "has thousands of fighters in Syria, well positioning itself to intensify its original mission, the destruction of Israel."
The bill comes as House and Senate Republicans seek additional ways to punish Iran over its weapons program and terrorism without undercutting the nuclear deal with Iran, which President Trump declined to recertify earlier this month, leaving the fate of the deal in the hands of Congress.
Royce last month denounced the agreement. He did not call on Congress to walk away from it but rather to "enforce the hell out of it," with the new sanctions bill serving as a first step.
The bill would sanction foreign persons and entities who knowingly help Iran expand its ballistic missile program.
"It is Congress's responsibility to work with the executive branch on a clear-eyed strategy to stop Iran's reckless behavior," Royce and Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy, said in a statement provided to the Washington Examiner.