WASHINGTON – Today, U.S. Senator Joni Ernst (R-Iowa) slammed President Biden for putting more Americans at risk by greenlighting Iran’s violent activities and increasing its nuclear capabilities. Ernst highlighted that, by lining Iran’s pockets with $6 billion, failing to enforce sanctions, and issuing a visa to allow “the Butcher of Tehran” on U.S. soil, Biden’s appeasement continues to embolden Iranian aggression.
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Ernst has consistently worked to counter Iran. In August, she led a bipartisan, bicameral effort urging the Biden administration to respond to Iranian threats against Americans and American companies that were preventing the transfer of seized Iranian oil from a tanker off the coast of Texas. Following her advocacy, the illicit oil began being transferred.
Last year, Ernst spearheaded the DEFEND Act, which has helped unite our Middle East partners against Iranian aggression since being signed into law. In April, Ernst continued to advance that effort with her bipartisan MARITIME Act to direct similar integration at sea.