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The ‘Captagon II’ bill is on its way to the Senate as part of an urgent legislative package

Vaseline 3 months ago

The American Coalition for Syria (ACS) announced on Sunday, April 20, that the US House of Representatives has approved the package that includes the “Suppressing Illegal Captagon Trade Act” (Captagon 2).

The bill received the support of 360 members of both parties (Democratic and Republican) in the House of Representatives, against opposition from 58 others.

The Political Planning Officer at the ACS, Mohammed Ghanem, stated via “X” that this package is on its way to the US Senate, where it will be voted on very soon.

Once the Senate passes the bill, it continues its journey to be signed by the US President, meaning it becomes enforceable law.

This legislative package is part of the Peace Through Strength in the 21st Century Act, which includes three pieces of legislation: the Act on Restoring Economic Prosperity and Opportunities to Ukrainians, the Act on Holding Iranian Leaders Accountable, and the suppression of illegal trade. Action.

The US Coalition for Syria had announced on April 18 that it would accelerate steps to pass the bill, after adding it to a package of previous projects that Congress (both the House of Representatives and the Senate) urgently wants to pass.

This came after the House of Representatives on April 16 overwhelmingly approved the bill that gives the US government broad powers to punish the Syrian regime and its partners who benefit from illegal financing through the Captagon trade. bipartisan vote, with 410 supporting votes against the opposition’s only 13 votes.

This legislation will issue new and direct sanctions against “offenders” who illegally produce and traffic Captagon, according to a statement released April 16 by the official website of Republican Congressman French Hill, the bill’s sponsor in the House of Representatives . Representatives.

French Hill also stated in its statement: “The required strategy that the US government has initiated to combat Assad’s production and smuggling of Captagon is still in its early stages, and we need new sanctions that directly target the individuals and networks that are involved in the Captagon business. “, emphasizing the importance of passing the bill he introduced, which would impose new sanctions related to the illicit trade of Captagon in Syria, linked to the regime of Bashar al-Assad, the statement said.

In November 2023, the House of Representatives Committee on Foreign Affairs passed the ‘Captagon 2’ bill without any objection, where at that time 44 members of both parties voted in favor of the bill.