U.S. Senator Ernst (R-Iowa), Republican leader of the Senate Armed Services Subcommittee on Emerging Threats and Capabilities, is backing legislation to re-impose terrorism sanctions on the Iran-controlled Houthis after a series of terror strikes on civilian targets in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) and Saudi Arabia.
This follows the Biden administration’s announcement that it would lift terrorism-related sanctions on the Houthis and three of their leaders: Abdul Malik al-Houthi, Abd al-Khaliq Badr al-Din al-Houthi, and Abdullah Yahya al-Hakim. The bill reverses the decision, re-designating the Houthis as a Foreign Terrorist Organization and the group and their leaders as Specially Designated Global Terrorists.
“President Biden’s decision to lift sanctions on the Iran-backed Houthis is yet another example that his doctrine of appeasement continues to fail and threaten America. Since his administration backed off sanctions, we’ve seen an uptick in terrorism activities and targeting of American allies. If President Biden isn’t going to take our adversaries’ threats seriously, Congress needs to act, and this legislation will reinstate commonsense sanctions to help protect our partners abroad and Americans here at home,” said Senator Ernst.