The U.S. House of Representatives passed three bipartisan bills on Tuesday aimed at sanctioning the Iranian regime, shortly after the one-year anniversary of the death of Iranian woman Mahsa Amini while in custody of the Iranian regime forces.
Amini’s death sparked unrest and widespread protests against the regime which were violently suppressed. The bills were named the Mahsa Amini Human Rights and Security Accountability Act (MAHSA Act) in her honor, according to the Associated Press.

 

Women cut their hair in an act of solidarity and defiance during a protest in Washington, D.C. on October 1, 2022 in memory of Mahsa Amini. (Photo: Bryan Olin Dozier/NurPhoto)

 

The co-sponsor of the second bill Rep. Jim Banks (R-IN), posted on social media that it was past time “to sanction those responsible for Mahsa’s murder and the repression of brave Iranian protestors.”

The three bills target Iranian officials involved in the production and export of missiles and drones, officials responsible for human rights abuses and terrorism, as well as the regime’s persecution of the Baha’i religious minority.

The fact that the act was passed near-unanimously, with a 410-3  vote, sparked happy reactions from its supporters, but also speculation as to who voted against the bill.

“The work is not done yet, but this is a huge victory for the Iranian American community and a testament to its organizing power,” said Jason Brodsky, policy director for the NGO United Against Nuclear Iran.

Twitter user “Javanan Toronto” posted photos of representatives Ilhan Omar (D-MN), Cori Bush (D-MO) and Thomas Massie (R-KY), accusing them of voting against the bill.

“Shame on these clowns in Congress who voted against the #MAHSAAct today! You voted against the people of Iran being freed from their mullah oppressors. Freedom loving Iranians worldwide will never forget your treachery. You are responsible of killing of #MahsaAmini by mullah,” the user wrote.

Massie was the only representative in the House to vote against a resolution commending the protesters in Iran in January, news website thehill.com reported.

Other users on X, formerly Twitter, accused Rashida Tlaib of voting against the act, instead of Cori Bush.

Omar, Tlaib and Bush are seen as part of the “The Squad,” an informal group of eight radical left-wing and progressive members of Congress.

According to public Congressional voting records Omar, Bush and Massie were the three representatives who voted against the bill.

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