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House Passes Congressman Moran's No Technology for Terror Act

Washington, D.C. ­– Congressman Nathaniel Moran (TX-01), member of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, celebrated the passage of his legislation, H.R. 6603, the No Technology for Terror Act. This legislation makes permanent U.S. export control restrictions that prohibit the transfer of American-made technology to Iran. The No Technology for Terror Act passed the House of Representatives by a 406-19 vote. This is the first time in the history of Congress that it passed a bill to codify a foreign direct product rule.

“Keeping American technology out of the hands of Iran – who has the largest missile arsenal in the Middle East – is imperative to maintaining peace and our national security while cutting off the growing influence of evil,” said Congressman Nathaniel Moran. “The No Technology for Terror Act will make permanent the restrictions on the re-transfer of U.S. technology to Iran which uses this same technology to build weapons systems such as drones to attack our troops overseas and our key allies. We must restrain Iran and its terror proxies whose aggression is only growing.”

The No Technology for Terror Act extends the “foreign direct product rule" to Iran, which restricts the re-export or transfer of U.S. originated items from one foreign country to Iran. The products include technology and equipment such as cameras, lasers, and sensors.  

In 2023, Congressman Moran introduced the No Technology for Terror Act with Congressman Michael McCaul (TX-10), Chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, and Congressman Jared Moskowitz (FL-23). In February 2024, the House Committee on Foreign Affairs voted to advance Congressman Moran’s legislation on a bipartisan basis by a margin of 45-2.

Iran is notorious for building lethal drone fleets and other weapons systems using basic technology that is then used by terrorist organizations and proxies to attack U.S. servicemembers in the Middle East. Reports have found that out of 500 components identified in recovered Iranian drones, some had up to 82% of its components manufactured by United States companies. It is well-known that Iran prefers American-made products for their lethal weapons. And, this is unacceptable. We should not be providing our enemies with component parts that are then used against our service members and allies.

Further, drones that were used by Russia against Ukrainians included more than 50 American-made components. The No Technology for Terror Act uses U.S. export controls to inhibit Iran’s ability to sow instability on a global scale and restricts Iran’s access to manufacture lethal weapons systems for terror.