As POTUS seeks to remove Iranian group’s terrorist designation, Grassley wants Congress to have a say
“This is an unchecked power wielded by the executive branch that should be subject to congressional approval. This is particularly alarming given that the current administration is potentially using it to capitulate to Iran. We shouldn’t appease our aggressors – it’s high time to learn that lesson. Our founding fathers created a system of checks and balances for a reason, and this is a clear area where the legislature should have the ability to override the executive,” Grassley said.
By designating an entity as an FTO, the United States limits the financial, property, and travel interests of a terrorist group. Some of the consequences of receiving such a designation are:
- It is illegal for a US citizen to knowingly provide “material support or resources” to a designated FTO.
- Persons belonging to a designated FTO are inadmissible to the United States and, under certain circumstances, deportable from the United States.
FTO designations also support U.S. efforts to prevent terrorist financing, discourage donations or economic transactions, and demonstrate heightened concern for other nations.
Under current law, if the President or Secretary of State decides to revoke a State Sponsor of Terrorism (SST) designation—as with Iran or North Korea—Congress has the power to revoke it. introduce a disapproval resolution to block the withdrawal. However, Congress does not have the same authority for FTOs. Simply put, this legislation gives Congress equal authority over FTOs and OHS.