Legislation has been introduced to give Congress equal authority over designations of foreign terrorist organizations

TOPEKA, Kan. (WIBW) – Legislation giving Congress equal authority with the president over designations of foreign terrorist organizations has been introduced in the US Senate by Sen. Roger Marshall.

On Thursday, March 17, US Senator Roger Marshall (R-Kan.) says he has introduced legislation to ensure Congress has a say in whether or not to revoke designations of foreign terrorist organizations.

Currently, Senator Marshall has said that the executive branch is able to make this decision unilaterally.

The legislation follows reports that the Biden administration is considering scrapping the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps off the list as the United States continues to renegotiate the Joint Global Action Plan.

“Whether it’s high levels of crime on our city streets or increased threats from abroad, Americans are less safe under the Biden administration. Now, as they continue talks with Iran, Russia and China on reviving the disastrous nuclear deal with Iran, we have learned that a potential sweetener the administration has offered to the Iran is revoking the Foreign Terrorist Organization designation from the IRGC. This brutal military organization threatens our close friends in Israel and has a long history of targeting US forces and diplomats, including the latest missile assault on a US consulate in Iraq. It is unthinkable that this offer is on the table,” Marshall said. “My bill would give Congress the ability to block that recall and prevent the Biden administration from bowing the knee to Iranian thugs.”

Marshall said Foreign Terrorist Organizations are overseas organizations designated by the Secretary of State to engage in terrorist activities. He said that through designation, the United States limits an entity’s financial, real estate, and travel interests.

US law prohibits any citizen from knowingly providing “material support or resources” to designated FTO groups. It also gives officials the right to ban or remove a person from the country.

Under current law, Marshall said that if the president or US secretary of state decides to revoke a state sponsor of terrorism designation – such as Iran or North Korea – Congress has the power to introduce a resolution of disapproval to block withdrawal. However, he said Congress does not have the same authority for FTOs.

Marshall said the new legislation would give Congress equal authority with respect to FTOs as it does with SSTs.

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