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Senate Unanimously Passes Ban on Terrorist UN Diplomats

"This nomination is part of Iran's clear and consistent pattern of virulent anti-Americanism that has defined their foreign policy since 1979," Sen. Cruz said. "We need to send Tehran an equally clear message: The United States Senate is not going to just ignore this most recent insult, but is going to give our President the authority to affirmatively reject it."
U.S. citizen, one of the 52 held by Islamic revolutionaries during the Iranian Hostage Crisis, 1979-1981.

U.S. citizen, one of the 52 held by Islamic revolutionaries during the Iranian Hostage Crisis, 1979-1981.
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When Sen. Cruz introduced S. 2195 on April 1, he found an initiative which brought his fellow senators together in a full-throated declaration of patriotism from  across the political spectrum.

“It is unconscionable that, in the name of international diplomatic protocol, the United States would be forced to host a foreign national who showed a brutal disregard for the status of our diplomats when they were stationed in his country,” Cruz said at that time.

The bill introduced by Cruz in the Senate, and by Doug Lamborn (R-CO5) in the House, prevents terrorists from entering the United States as United Nations ambassadors. It was introduced because Iranian President Hasan Rouhani named Hamid Aboutalebi as Iran’s new ambassador to the U.N.

Aboutalebi was actively involved in the Iranian takeover of the American Embassy in Tehran in 1979. He and his comrades held hostage 52 Americans for 444 days, in one of the most painful ongoing national experiences Americans have had to endure in recent memory.

“This nomination is part of Iran’s clear and consistent pattern of virulent anti-Americanism that has defined their foreign policy since 1979,” Sen. Cruz said. “We need to send Tehran an equally clear message: The United States Senate is not going to just ignore this most recent insult, but is going to give our President the authority to affirmatively reject it.

Today, Monday, April 7, Cruz requested and received unanimous consent to pass that bill.

“I am proud to join my colleagues on both sides of the aisle on this national security issue that transcends political parties,” said Sen. Cruz.

Cruz thanked several Senate colleagues who were instrumental in passage of this legislation, including Sen. Dan Coats (R-Indiana), a cosponsor of the bill, and Sens. Lindsey Graham (R-South Carolina), John McCain (R-Arizona), Mark Kirk (R-Illinois), Chuck Schumer (D-New York), Patrick Leahy (D-Vermont) and Bob Menendez (D-New Jersey).

Cong. Lamborn who introduced the companion legislation in the House, H.R. 4357, plans to call for a vote in that chamber before the Easter recess.

About the Author: Lori Lowenthal Marcus is the US correspondent for The Jewish Press. She is a recovered lawyer who previously practiced First Amendment law and taught in Philadelphia-area graduate and law schools.


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10 Responses to “Senate Unanimously Passes Ban on Terrorist UN Diplomats”

  1. Marcio Gekker says:

    Obama will be very sad with this. This behavior will make very difficult an agreement with Iran, eh,eh,eh…

  2. Edward Lobel says:

    That's right, blame President Obama for this!
    I wonder if he allowed this terrorist to come to the US you would be going crazy saying he is stupid for letting a terrorist into the United States!

  3. POTUS obama has to sigh the bill into law, I for one am not holding my breath…his sympathies have over and over been shown to by with islam and not America, Israel, or any decent interest.

  4. Obama/Kerry remember 444 days iranian terrorists take over US Embassy with his 52 Americans

  5. Gary Harper says:

    They have the votes to override a veto.

  6. Edward Lobel Yep….you got it!!! It's his responsibility to protect the people and the country he is in charge of….in all areas…employment, resources like oil, make sure we have a strong arms services and protect our borders….just to mention a few. That's his job. What else do we pay him for???

  7. Edward Lobel says:

    Dixie Vangelisti , unlike George w bush, there have been no terrorist attacks in the United States under President Obama's watch. President Obama has added back all the jobs bush lost and then some. Private sector jobs are above the level they were before bush lost all the jobs and the amount of government jobs is down so he must be doing something right. Oil production is at an all time high and accordingly the US is now an oil exporter again he must be doing his job. The United States has the strongest military in the world so President Obama still must be doing what he is being paid for. So according to your ideas President Obama is doing an excellent job and gets A+ in everyone of your categories!

  8. Edward Lobel says:

    Exactly what has that got to do with President Obama and Secretary of State Kerry?

  9. Edward Lobel says:

    Keith Gilbert, you are simply an idiot!

  10. What does a Senator do ? # 1 job is to protect fellow Americans in general and citizens of his state in particular. Sen Ted Cruz has led the way. Now I hope he gets to lead the USA.

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