Reps. Moskowitz and Lawler Herald Passage of SHIP Act through House

Washington, DC

WASHINGTON, DC – Today, Congressman Jared Moskowitz (D-Florida) and Congressman Mike Lawler (R-New York) issued the following statement after their bill, the Stop Harboring Iranian Petroleum (SHIP) Act, passed the House of Representatives today, 342 to 69.

“The SHIP Act is a critical step in preventing Iran from continuing to fund terror across the Middle East. We are proud to see this legislation receive widespread, bipartisan support here on Capitol Hill. It’s critical that we work to hold America’s foreign adversaries accountable for their actions in supporting terrorist organizations across the globe. The SHIP Act sends a clear and strong message to bad actors like China, Russia, and others – do not help Iran avoid sanctions and assist them in their funding of terror, or face the consequences. That’s a message the Senate should be able to get behind. We look forward to its passage through the Senate,” said Representatives Moskowitz and Lawler.

The SHIP Act was introduced in May and came to the forefront following the terrorist attack in Israel by Iranian-backed Hamas. It passed the House Foreign Affairs Committee last month on a 40-7 vote and was supported by 209 Republicans and 133 Democrats on the floor.

Key Background Information on the SHIP Act:

  • Imposes sanctions on foreign ports and refineries that process petroleum exported from Iran in violation of U.S. sanctions.
  • Extends primary and secondary U.S. sanctions to foreign ports that knowingly accept shipments of Iranian petroleum products.
  • Extends primary and secondary U.S. sanctions to refineries that knowingly process petroleum originating from Iran.
  • Extends primary and secondary U.S. sanctions to any entity that transports, offloads, or otherwise deals in petroleum originating in Iran, including vessels engaging in ship-to-ship transfers of petroleum. These sanctions include asset freezes and visa bans.

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