Lawmakers in both chambers of Congress are pushing for legislation that would prevent a multi-billion dollar deal between Boeing and Iran Air from being funded with taxpayer dollars. The Republican-led proposal is getting Democratic support.
The deal in question, which involves the sale of 80 passenger planes and the lease of another 29, has sparked bipartisan backlash due to concerns about Iran Air's support for terrorism. The U.S. sanctioned Iran Air in 2011 for helping Iran's hardline Revolutionary Guard Corps transport weapons to Iranian-backed actors like Syrian President Bashar Al-Assad. But lawmakers are also worried that the agreement could be financed indirectly with taxpayer-backed funds through the Export-Import Bank.
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