On Friday, Florida Senator Marco Rubio was part of a group of GOP Senators who introduced a bill that would provide Congressional oversight over the possible use of Iranian Commercial Aircraft use for military purposes and would reimpose sanctions of the country for any violations of the controversial nuclear deal it made last year.
The Iran Terror-Free Skies Act would require the White House to submit reports to Congress of any suspected use of Iranian Commercial aircraft in the transport illicit cargo such as weapons, military personnel and equipment or the financial or technological support to Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps or affiliated groups and agencies.
One of the country’s main commercial carriers, Iran Air is owned by the government.
“If America turns a blind eye to the Iranian terror regime’s efforts to destabilize the Middle East and endanger the lives of innocents worldwide, we risk being complicit.” said Rubio “This legislation ensures the United States takes decisive actions to stop Iran’s diversion of civilian aircraft in support of terrorism and militancy.”
A companion bill was filed in the house last month. Other Senators sponsoring the bill with Rubio include John Cornyn (R-TX), Ben Sasse (R-NE), and David Perdue (R-GA).