WASHINGTON (AP) — The leaders of the House Foreign Affairs Committee are pushing legislation that would tighten penalties on Iran and pressure the U.S. to work with the European Union in cutting off Iran's access to the euro currency.
The committee's chairman, Republican Ed Royce of California, and the top Democrat, Rep. Eliot Engel of New York, are planning to introduce their bill on Wednesday.
The measure is certain to draw strong bipartisan support. Recent bills designed to hamper Iran's economy and thwart its nuclear ambitions have passed overwhelmingly in Congress.
The latest proposal would stiffen penalties on those who violate human rights in Iran. It also would authorize the president to penalize foreigners who conduct large amounts of commercial trade with Iran.