Iran Freedom and Support Act

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Iran Freedom and Support Act
Great Seal of the United States
Long titleAn Act to hold the current regime in Iran accountable for its threatening behavior and to support a transition to democracy in Iran.
Enacted bythe 109th United States Congress
EffectiveSeptember 30, 2006
Public law109-293
Statutes at Large120 Stat. 1344
Legislative history

The Iran Freedom Support Act (Pub.L. 109–293 (text) (PDF), 120 Stat. 1344, H.R. 6198, enacted September 30, 2006) is an Act of Congress that appropriated $10 million and directed the President of the United States to spend that money in support of "pro-democracy groups" opposed to the Iranian government.[1] Opponents claimed the bill was a first step towards a US-led invasion of the country.[2][3]

In response to the passage of the bill, President George W. Bush lauded the Congress "for demonstrating its bipartisan commitment to confronting the Iranian regime's repressive and destabilizing activities."[4]

Possible recipients of money

American authorities have refused to announce the names of groups that have received money under this act, and no group has officially acknowledged this either.[5]


Following introduction of the bill in the Senate, Iran responded "those who draft such plans lag behind the times, they live in their daydreams."[6]


  1. ^ "Santorum challenges Obama, Bush on Iran funding". CNN. 13 November 2011. Retrieved 20 July 2015.
  2. ^ "Sheehan, Cindy. Mission Accomplished Day. April 30, 2006". Archived from the original on May 14, 2013. Retrieved July 4, 2006.
  3. ^ Dennis Kucinich called the act a "steppingstone to war." "Kucinich Speaks Out Against House Bill That Lays The Ground Work For War Against Iran" Archived 2010-06-04 at the Wayback Machine
  4. ^ President Applauds Congress for Passage of Iran Freedom Support Act. The White House. September 30, 2006.
  5. ^ Daragahi, Borzou (15 April 2008), "Iran says U.S. aids rebels at its borders", The Los Angeles Times, retrieved 11 May 2020
  6. ^ Peterson, Scott (29 July 2004), "Why the US granted 'protected' status to Iranian terrorists", The Christian Science Monitor, retrieved 11 May 2020

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