skip to main content

H.R. 4324: Strengthening Oversight of Iran’s Access to Finance Act

Dec 14, 2017 at 11:26 a.m. ET. On Passage of the Bill in the House.

This was a vote to pass H.R. 4324 (115th) in the House.

H.R. 4324 would require the Department of the Treasury to submit a report to Congress regarding financial transactions authorized in connection with commercial passenger aircraft sales to Iran.

Specifically, the bill requires the Secretary of the Treasury to report to the House Financial Services and Foreign Affairs Committees and the Senate Banking and Foreign Relations Committees, no later than 30 days after authorizing a transaction by U.S. or foreign financial institutions in connection with the export or re-export of commercial aircraft to Iran, and every 180 days thereafter.

The report shall include:

  • A list of financial institutions, if any, that have conducted aircraft-related transactions authorized by Treasury since January 16, 2017 (“Implementation Day” of the Joint Comprehensive Plan Of Action (“JCPOA”)); and
  • A certification that:
  • The authorized transaction does not pose a significant money laundering or terrorism financing risk to the U.S. financial system;
  • The authorized transaction does not benefit an Iranian person that, in the year preceding the certification, has knowingly transported items used for the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction, or has knowingly provided transportation services or material support for, or on behalf of, any person designated under Executive Orders 13224 (relating to support for terrorism), 13382 (relating to weapons proliferation), or 13572 (relating to human rights abuses and repression in Syria); and
  • Any financial institution that has conducted an authorized transaction has appropriate policies and procedure in place to avoid engaging in sanctionable activities that may result from their exposure to Iran.

If the Secretary notifies Congress that the certification cannot be made, the Secretary would have an additional 60 days to submit a report including:

  • An explanation for the Secretary’s inability to make the certification; and
  • A notification as to whether the Secretary will: not amend the authorization, despite the non-certification; suspend the authorization until the Secretary can make the certification; revoke the authorization; or otherwise amend the authorization.

Under the JCPOA, the Obama Administration agreed to license exports of commercial passenger planes to Iran and lifted sanctions on Iran Air, the country’s leading state-owned carrier. Iran remains classified by the U.S. government as the world’s foremost state sponsor of terrorism and a jurisdiction of primary money laundering concern.

In 2016, the Treasury Department’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) issued licenses permitting aircraft manufacturers to export more than 200 aircraft to Iran. These licenses included authorization for U.S. financial institutions to undertake all financial transactions necessary to effectuate the sale of the aircraft, potentially meaning that U.S. citizens’ deposits and investments could be used to finance Iran.

Iran Air has used civilian planes for military purposes, including the transport of rockets, missiles, and other military cargo on behalf of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC), and has continued to operate flights to Syria using known weapons resupply routes. Additionally, U.S. financing for Iran Air could pose acute illicit finance risks for financial institutions.

Source: Republican Policy Committee


All Votes R D
Yea 60%
Nay 40%
Not Voting

Passed. Simple Majority Required. Source:

Ideology Vote Chart

Republican - Yea Democrat - Yea Republican - Nay Democrat - Nay
Seat position based on our ideology score.

Cartogram Map

Each hexagon represents one congressional district. Solid hexes are Yea votes.

What you can do

Vote Details

Notes: The Speaker’s Vote? “Aye” or “Yea”?
Download as CSV

Statistically Notable Votes

Statistically notable votes are the votes that are most surprising, or least predictable, given how other members of each voter’s party voted and other factors.

All Votes

Study Guide

How well do you understand this vote? Use this study guide to find out.

You can find answers to most of the questions below here on the vote page. For a guide to understanding the bill this vote was about, see here.

What was the procedure for this vote?

  1. What was this vote on?
  2. Not all votes are meant to pass legislation. In the Senate some votes are not about legislation at all, since the Senate must vote to confirm presidential nominations to certain federal positions.

    This vote is related to a bill. However, that doesn’t necessarily tell you what it is about. Congress makes many decisions in the process of passing legislation, such as on the procedures for debating the bill, whether to change the bill before voting on passage, and even whether to vote on passage at all.

    You can learn more about the various motions used in Congress at If you aren’t sure what the House was voting on, try seeing if it’s on this list.

  3. What is the next step after this vote?
  4. Take a look at where this bill is in the legislative process. What might come next? Keep in mind what this specific vote was on, and the context of the bill. Will there be amendments? Will the other chamber of Congress vote on it, or let it die?

    For this question it may help to briefly examine the bill itself.

What is your analysis of this vote?

  1. What trends do you see in this vote?
  2. Members of Congress side together for many reasons beside being in the same political party, especially so for less prominent legislation or legislation specific to a certain region. What might have determined how the roll call came out in this case? Does it look like Members of Congress voted based on party, geography, or some other reason?

    One tool that will be helpful in answering this question is the cartogram at the top of the page. A cartogram is a stylized map of the United States that shows each district as an identical hexagon. This view allows you to see the how the representatives from each district voted arranged by their geography and colored by their political party. What trends can you see in the cartogram for this vote?

  3. How did your representative vote?
  4. There is one vote here that should be more important to you than all the others. These are the votes cast by your representative, which is meant to represent you and your community. Do you agree with how your representative voted? Why do you think they voted the way they did?

    If you don’t already know who your Members of Congress are you can find them by entering your address here.

Each vote’s study guide is a little different — we automatically choose which questions to include based on the information we have available about the vote. Study guides are a new feature to GovTrack. You can help us improve them by filling out this survey or by sending your feedback to