WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senator Joni Ernst (R-IA), today issued the following statement after the United States Senate voted to strengthen sanctions against Iran and Russia and authorize funding to support our allies combatting Russian interference in Europe:

“I cannot overstate the importance of taking action to curb the continued aggression of Russia and Iran and hold them accountable for their actions.

“The threat Russia poses through their support for the murderous Syrian regime, unconventional warfare efforts in Ukraine, and malicious cyber activity ceases to slow. Additionally, Iran continues its ballistic missile program, human rights abuses, and support for terrorism across the Middle East.

“The United States must show strength and send a clear message to both Russia and Iran that such nefarious behavior will not be tolerated.”