WASHINGTON, D.C.--Today, Congressman Ted Poe (TX-02), Chairman of the Subcommittee on Terrorism, Non-proliferation and Trade issued the following statement on the European Union designation of Hezbollahís military wing as a terrorist organization:  

 ìToday the European Union finally called it like it is and labeled Hezbollahís armed wing a terrorist organization,î said Chairman Poe. ìThis is the first step to disable and dismantle a militant group at a time where we have seen their influence and reach expand worldwide from the civil war in Syria to South America.  On March 20th, my Subcommittee on Terrorism learned that no one is safe from Hezbollahís reign of terror. My hope is that this designation leads to real action, such as flight bans, asset seizures, and other measures that restrict Hezbollahís global operations. While I believe the entire organization should be blacklisted, this is a good first step. Additional punitive actions should soon follow.î