Congressman Jeb Hensarling

Representing the 5th District of Texas

Letter to Boeing: American Companies Should Not Be Complicit In Weaponizing the Iranian Regime

Jun 17, 2016
Press Release

WASHINGTON –Today, Congressman Jeb Hensarling (R-TX) and Congressman Peter Roskam (R-IL) sent a letter to Boeing, the world’s largest aerospace company and large manufacturer of commercial jetliners, asking questions about its negotiations to sell aircraft to Iran.

For decades the U.S. sanctions regime prohibited companies from selling goods to the world’s largest State sponsor of terror.  But, in January, President Obama signed an executive order lifting some of the U.S. economic sanctions on Iran. This executive order came just months after the President signed the controversial Iran nuclear deal which Congressman Hensarling voted against. 

Congressman Hensarling is concerned a deal between Boeing and Iran could benefit Iran’s military.

“American companies should not be complicit in weaponizing the Iranian Regime,” the members of Congress said in a letter sent on Thursday to Boeing CEO Dennis Muilenburg.  “In light of recent reports that a deal is imminent, we seek information to assist the U.S. Congress in determining the national security implications of a potential sale of Boeing aircraft to Iran.”

The full text of the letter can be found here.

“President Obama claimed that the Iran Nuclear Deal was a ‘good deal,’” said Congressman Hensarling.  “The problem is, it’s a good deal for Iran but a bad deal for America. I strongly oppose the sale of any items that could be used to enhance Iran’s military capabilities.”

Congressman Roskam serves as a member of the House Ways and Means Committee, where he chairs the Oversight Subcommittee.  Congressman Hensarling is chairman of the House Financial Services Committee.