Congressman Robert Pittenger

Representing the 9th District of North Carolina
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Pittenger on Iran payment

Aug 10, 2016
Press Release

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

CONGRESSMAN PITTENGER ON IRAN PAYMENT: “ENABLED A GARDEN SNAKE TO BECOME A BOA CONSTRICTOR”

 

CHARLOTTE –Congressman Robert Pittenger (NC-09), Chairman of the Congressional Task Force on Terrorism and Unconventional Warfare and Vice Chairman of the Financial Services Committee Task Force to Investigate Terrorism Financing, had this statement on Iran’s defense budget increasing by the exact same amount as President Obama’s ransom payment:

“There should be no surprise that Iran increased their military budget commensurate with the amount of the ransom, except by the foolhardy who enabled a garden snake to become a boa constrictor.”

Iran recently increased its military budget by $1.7 billion, the exact same amount as the Obama Administration’s settlement with Iran. Last week, it was revealed that $400 million of the settlement was airlifted in cash to Iran in conjunction with the release of 4 American hostages.

In response, Congressman Pittenger sent Secretary Kerry a letter regarding the Administration’s $400 million cash payment to Iran asking for an explanation. A copy of the full letter is attached.

 

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