Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Pat Toomey (R-Pa.) continues to fight the Islamic Republic of Iran's institutionalized support of terrorism and blatant human rights violations.

Sen. Toomey joined Sen. Mark Kirk (R-Ill.) in supporting the Iran Terrorism and Human Rights Sanctions Act of 2016 that would impose new sanctions against Iran's Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps, codify prohibitions against Iran's direct and indirect access to the American financial system, and impose new sanctions against Iran for its egregious human rights violations.

During his time in the Senate, Sen. Toomey has spoken out about the Iranian regime's efforts to fund and support vast terror networks around the globe, and the direct threat they present to Americans overseas and at home. Sen. Toomey also was a leading voice of opposition to the president's nuclear deal with Iran, warning Americans that Iran has repeatedly abandoned its political commitments, and urged the president to reconsider lifting economic sanctions.

"Iran is the world's leading state-sponsor of terrorism," said Sen. Toomey. "The Administration cannot stand on the sidelines and watch as Iran funds terror networks around the world and tramples on the most basic of human rights. This legislation is a crucial step to ending the Administration's inaction towards Iranian terrorism."

The imposition of sanctions against Iranian terrorism and human rights abuses does not interfere with or change the Iran nuclear deal.