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Congressman Bruce Poliquin

Representing the 2nd District of Maine

During Busy Week in Washington, Rep. Poliquin Has Fourth Bill Pass Out of a House Committee This Year

November 21, 2017
Press Release
Poliquin has passed three of his bills out of the full House this year, all with broad, bipartisan support

WASHINGTON – During a busy week in Washington, Congressman Bruce Poliquin (ME-02) had his fourth bill this year pass out of a committee in the U.S. House of Representatives.

 

The Iranian Leadership Asset Transparency Act passed out of the House Financial Services Committee last week with Democratic and Republican support in a 43-16 vote. The legislation publicly discloses the assets of Iran’s tyrannical regime, which have been used to support and sponsor terrorism. Congressman Poliquin is a member of the Terrorism and Illicit Finance Subcommittee, a part of the House Financial Services Committee.

 

“Iran’s top regime leaders—the Supreme Leader and the country’s top political and military brass—have amassed huge wealth through their tyrannical rule and corrupt and covert structure,” said Congressman Poliquin. “Reports have indicated these funds are being used to support and sponsor terrorism around the region and to undermine our own national security interests. Iran, the world’s leading state sponsor of terrorism, cannot be trusted and it’s important for the security of the region and for the United States for these secret funds to be exposed publicly to the world.”

 

Congressman Poliquin’s legislative accomplishments so far this year…

 

Bill Name (Bill Number)

House Committee

Date Passed Committee

Passed the U.S. House of Representatives

Removing Outdated Restrictions to Allow for Job Growth Act (H.R.1177)

Agriculture

   5/16/2017

  418 – 1

Headstones for Veterans’ Families Act [unofficial title] (H.R.3657)

Veterans’ Affairs

   11/6/2017

  Unanimous

Iranian Leadership Asset Transparency Act (H.R.1638)

Financial Services

   11/14/2017

 

Small Business Capital Formation Enhancement Act (H.R.1312)

Financial Services

   5/1/2017

  406 – 0

*Senior Safe Act of 2017 (H.R.3758) w/ Rep. Kyrsten Sinema (D-AZ-9)

Financial Services

   10/12/2017

 

*Easing Regulatory Burdens on Maine Sea Urchin Harvesters Act [unofficial title] (H.R.2504) w/ Rep. Chellie Pingree (D-ME-1)

Natural Resources

   11/8/2017

 

 

* = lead cosponsor

 

Since January, Congressman Poliquin has had four of his bills pass out of committees in the House and three of his bills pass the full House, all with broad and bipartisan support. He has also been the lead cosponsor of two bipartisan bills that passed out of committees: the Senior Safe Act with Congresswoman Kyrsten Sinema (D-AZ-09) and legislation to ease regulatory burdens on Maine sea urchin harvesters with Congresswoman Chellie Pingree (D-ME-01).

 

Background on the Iranian Leadership Asset Transparency Act:

 

The Iranian Leadership Asset Transparency Act will publicize the assets associated with members of Iran’s tyrannical government leadership, including the Supreme Leader of Iran, Members of the Council of Guardians, Members of the Expediency Council and the top military leaders. The Department of Treasury would submit a report to Congress on the assets under control, how the assets were acquired and how they are used by these top political and military leaders. The report would be submitted to Congress and available on the Treasury’s website in English as well as the 3 main languages used in Iran:  Farsi, Arabic, and Azeri.