Rep. Deutch Statement on Anniversary of Bob Levinson's Disappearance
Today, March 9, 2018 marks the 11th year of Bob Levinson's disappearance. Bob, a resident of Coral Springs and a constituent of Congressman Ted Deutch's (FL-22), went missing in Iran on March 9, 2007. To mark this solemn anniversary, Congressman Deutch, Ranking Member of the Middle East and North Africa Subcommittee, issued this statement:
"This is a very difficult day for the Levinson family. For 4,015 days, this family has been without their husband, father, and grandfather in their lives. The Iranian regime's perverse refusal to help Bob's case and utter disregard for international law and basic human rights must end now.
"When I sat with Christine during President Trump's State of the Union, I renewed my commitment to push this Administration to prioritize Bob's case. I urge this Administration to do everything it can, using all available resources and channels, to bring Bob home to his family in South Florida."
Congressman Deutch invited Christine Levinson, Bob's wife, to join him in attending President Trump's State of the Union Address this year on January 30.
Congressman Deutch has consistently pressed both President Trump's Administration and President Obama's Administration to prioritize Bob's return. Every Congress, Congressman Deutch introduces legislation calling for Iran to fulfill its promise to help bring Bob home. Last year, the House passed a bill Congressman Deutch co-introduced which called for the release of all Americans held in Iran.
On Thursday, March 15, the House Foreign Affairs Committee with markup and consider the Iran Human Rights and Hostage-Taking Accountability Act (H.R. 4744), legislation introduced by Congressman Deutch and Congressman Michael McCaul (TX-10), Chairman of the House Homeland Security Committee. This legislation states that Congress stands with the people of Iran, and it provides the Trump Administration with the tools necessary to hold Iranian government officials responsible for human rights violations, corruption, and censorship. Moreover, it holds the Iranian regime accountable for taking American citizens and permanent residents hostage by ensuring that those responsible pay an extreme price.