Sen. Jerry Moran

Iran, Obama must be held responsible

U.S. Senator Jerry Moran (R-Kan.) issued the following statement regarding the Obama Administration’s ransom payment to Iran in exchange for the release of American prisoners:

“In light of evidence contrary to their previous claims, the Obama Administration has now admitted what has been clear for many of us — the $400 million in cash paid to Iran in January was given in exchange for the release of American prisoners. Iran’s policies of international belligerence pose clear threats to regional peace and American lives. The Iranian government has sponsored deadly terror attacks against United States citizens, actively worked to expand their secret nuclear program, violated bans on missile testing, and openly threatened the United States and our allies.

“Since the payment was made, two more American citizens have been unjustly detained by the Iranian regime. Iran has also failed to pay owed damages to American victims of Iranian-sponsored terror. The Obama Administration has rewarded all of these actions by delivering billions to Iran and repeatedly misleading the public in doing so. Congress must act to restrain the executive branch and restrict the possibility of the administration inappropriately settling any further Iranian claims.”

Moran has introduced legislation (S. 2452) to require Iran to pay all owed damages awarded to American victims of Iranian-sponsored terrorism before the U.S. government can settle any additional financial disputes with Iran. This legislation puts justice for American victims of Iranian terrorism ahead of compensation for the Iranian regime.

Congressman Mike Pompeo

Tanker on its way

Congressman Mike Pompeo (R-KS) released the following statement with regards to Boeing signing contracts with the Department of Defense to move forward in production for the KC-46a tanker.

“After years of hard work and anticipation, the KC-46a is another step closer to coming to McConnell AFB and joining the fight to keep Americans safe. By moving the tanker forward in production, our men and women in uniform will soon have enhanced tools, and Kansas will have more jobs. Thanks to the hard work of Boeing, along with their key partners Spirit Aerosystems and other Kansas suppliers, the team was able to overcome many challenges. I remain committed to working with my colleagues in Congress and partners in the Air Force to see this project go full-speed ahead.”

Ransom shameful

Congressman Mike Pompeo (R-KS), released the following statement after the State Department admitted that the U.S. payment of $400 million to Iran was conditional on Iran’s release of four Americans it was holding hostage.

“President Obama said earlier this month: ‘We do not pay ransom for hostages…we didn’t here, and we won’t in the future.’ Now the State Department admits that the United States’ payment of $400 million in pallets of cash to the Iranians would not have been made without the release of American hostages. Selective noun use does not excuse criminality, nor does it explain away seven months of lying to the American people. This is a shameful admission of wrongdoing and puts the lives of U.S. citizens around the world at risk.”