The House on Tuesday passed legislation to impose further sanctions extremist group Hezbollah's foreign assets.

Passed 404-0, the measure would slap sanctions on Hezbollah's foreign assets, international narcotics trafficking rings and its television station, Al-Manar.

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"Today, we have an opportunity to place a critical blow to Hezbollah," said the bill's sponsor, Rep. Mark MeadowsMark MeadowsGOP governors embrace culture wars with White House in mind Tech industry pushes for delay in antitrust legislation Head of firms that pushed 'Italygate' theory falsely claimed VA mansion was her home: report MORE (R-N.C.). "We must pass this legislation to make sure that we can do is cripple their ability to finance and put people out of harm's way." 

Specifically, it would direct the Treasury Department to prohibit maintaining a payable-through account in the U.S. by a foreign financial institution that knowingly helps Hezbollah's activities.

In addition, the president would be authorized to designate Hezbollah as a foreign narcotics trafficker and a transnational criminal organization. The U.S. government has designated Hezbollah as a terrorist organization since 1995.

"This legislation we are considering today would give the administration the means necessary to combat Hezbollah's global financial network," said Rep. Brad Schneider (D-Ill.). 

The sanctions could end 30 days after the president certifies to Congress that Hezbollah is no longer a foreign terrorist organization or threat to the U.S. 

Rep. Eliot EngelEliot Lance EngelDemocrats call on Blinken to set new sexual misconduct policies at State Department Lawmakers on hot mic joke 'aisle hog' Engel absent from Biden address: 'He'd wait all day' Bowman to deliver progressive response to Biden's speech to Congress MORE (D-N.Y.), the top Democrat on the House Foreign Affairs Committee, argued that crippling sanctions on Hezbollah could help bring the group to the negotiating table. He pointed to the ongoing negotiations with Iran over its nuclear arsenal, arguing that the talks began because of international sanctions.

"This can be done with Hezbollah. This is what we're trying to do today," Engel said.