National Security

Rogers: Iran Aiding, Arming Hezbollah and Hamas

Rep. Mike Rogers (R., Mich.) on Sunday slammed the Obama administration for unfreezing $2.8 billion in Iranian assets, saying that money is being used to fund Hamas.

"Iran is publicly, in their own newspapers, touting the fact that they are helping to militarize Hamas in the Gaza Strip," Rogers said on Face the Nation. "They’re supporting Hezbollah in the fight in Syria and supplying Hamas in the Gaza Strip with weapons."

The White House announced last week that it would give Iran access to the money in order to continue nuclear talks through November.

"You can’t just pick and choose one particular region. It has to work in concert," Rogers said. "So when you free up $2.8 billion for Iran when they’re already cash strapped because of sanctions, that means they can continue to do bad activities in the Gaza Strip."

Senate Republicans are considering legislation to block the White House from infusing Iran with this money. The bill—authored by Sen. Mark Kirk (R., Ill.) with Sens. Kelly Ayotte (R., N.H.) and John Cornyn (R., Texas)—would effectively suspend President Barack Obama’s authority to use his executive power to waive sanctions on Iran and unfreeze the cash assets, which top more than $100 billion.