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Broader than the focus on Iran and Venezuela, H.Res. 429 (Duncan), introduced October 11,
2011, would express the sense of the House that “there exists significant cause for concern and
further investigation of potential counterterrorism threats from Iran’s growing presence and
influence in the Western Hemisphere.” The resolution calls for the Administration to include the
Western Hemisphere in its 2012 National Strategy for Counterterrorism’s Area of Focus, with
specific attention on the “counterterrorism threat to the homeland emanating from Iran’s growing
presence and activity in the Western Hemisphere.” It also calls on the Administration to utilize an
existing counterterrorism taskforce led by the Department of Homeland Security to examine the
presence and activities of Iran, the Iranian Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC), the
IRGC’s Qods Force, and Hezbollah within the Western Hemisphere, including the relationship of
these groups with governments in the Western Hemisphere and drug trafficking organizations as
well as the fundraising efforts of these groups.
On July 7, 2011, the House Committee on Homeland Security, Subcommittee on
Counterterrorism and Intelligence held a hearing on “Hezbollah in Latin America – Implications
for U.S. Policy,” featuring private witnesses.54 The joint hearing on “Venezuela’s Sanctionable
Activities” cited above also touched on concerns about Iran and Hezbollah in the Western
The House Foreign Affairs Committee held a broader hearing on October 13, 2011, entitled
“Emerging Threats and Security in the Western Hemisphere: Next Steps for U.S. Policy,” with
witnesses from the Departments of State, Treasury, and Defense that touched on concerns about
Iran and Hezbollah in the Western Hemisphere.55