WASHINGTON, DC – The House Committee on Foreign Affairs voted to advance the bipartisan No Technology for Terror Act, introduced by Congressman Jared Moskowitz (FL-23), Congressman Nathaniel Moran (TX-01), and Congressman Michael McCaul (TX-10), Chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee. This legislation codifies existing U.S. export control limitations on the re-export or transfer of U.S.-origin equipment and technology to Iran.
“We need a multifaceted approach to weaken the Iranian regime. While the use of military force against Iranian proxies sends a strong message, there are other steps we must take to undermine the regime and their terror. By limiting the types of goods that can enter Iran, we are weakening their ability to fund terror and develop weapons to wreak havoc throughout the region,” said Congressman Moskowitz.
“Keeping American technology out of the hands of Iran is imperative to maintaining peace and our national security while cutting off the growing influence of evil,” said Congressman Moran. “The No Technology for Terror Act would make permanent the restrictions on the re-transfer of U.S. technology to Iran who uses this same technology to build weapons systems such as drones and missiles to attack our troops overseas and our key allies. We must restrain Iran’s growing aggression and their support to terror groups and authoritarian regimes, including Russia. I am proud that our bipartisan legislation continues to grow momentum in the House of Representatives.”
“I am proud to co-lead this bipartisan bill to codify and expand export control sanctions on Iran. Critically, this bill would help restrict the regime’s access to the American goods and technology it needs to manufacture lethal missiles and drones, including those being used to attack our servicemembers in the Middle East as well as by Putin to wage his illegal war against Ukraine. More must be done to counter Iran’s malign influence, beginning with robust U.S. export controls. I urge my colleagues to support this critical legislation,” said Chairman McCaul.
The No Technology for Terror Act codifies the “foreign direct product rule” to Iran, which restricts the re-export or transfer of U.S.-origin goods from one foreign country to Iran. The products include technology and equipment such as cameras, lasers, sensors, navigation systems, computers, and propulsion systems.
Iran is notorious for building lethal drone fleets and other weapons systems using basic technology, including many components from the United States, that is then used by their backed-proxies who attack U.S. servicemembers in the Middle East and by Russia in their relentless attack on Ukraine. The No Technology for Terror Act uses U.S. export controls to inhibit Iran’s ability to manufacture lethal weapons systems for terror.