By Julian Pecquet - 11/01/12 06:34 PM EDT
Rep. Tim Griffin (R-Ark.) on Thursday called on Congress to prohibit foreign carmakers from doing business with Iran if they want to be eligible for U.S. government contracts or financial assistance.
The first-term lawmaker joined former U.S. ambassador to the United Nations Mark Wallace, the CEO of United Against Nuclear Iran, in a Daily Caller op-ed urging foreign auto companies to break ties with Iran. American companies are already prohibited from doing business with the Islamic Republic.
“We are advocates of new legislation that would force auto manufacturers to choose between American taxpayers and the regime,” they wrote. “It requires automakers to certify they are not engaged in any business in Iran in order to be eligible for U.S. government contracts or financial assistance. We ask others to join us.”
“It is indeed impossible for an automaker to do responsible business in Iran, as having a presence there requires partnering with the government. Following an almost complete takeover by the regime, the industry is controlled by state-owned entities intent on securing foreign technology and funds,” they wrote. “Given this situation, it is both dangerous and irresponsible for automakers to remain in Iran.”