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Ban on Future ‘Ransom’ Payments to Iran Approved by House Panel

  • Obama’s cash to Iran ‘ignored a long-standing’ policy: Royce
  • Democrats opposed the bill that advanced on a party-line vote
Pedestrians pass a mural in Tehran.

Pedestrians pass a mural in Tehran.

Photographer: Simon Dawson/Bloomberg

A measure prohibiting future “ransom” payments to Iran won approval from a House panel on a party-line vote, as Republicans pursued their argument that President Barack Obama paid for the release of captives in January.

The Republican-sponsored measure was approved Wednesday by a vote of 21-16 in the House Foreign Affairs Committee and may be taken up on the House floor this month.