The U.S. House of Representatives passed a resolution on Monday calling for the release of Amir Hekmati and other American political prisoners held in Iran.

The resolution was introduced by Congressman Dan Kildee of Flint. Hekmati's family lives in Genesee County. Hekmati, accused of being a spy, has been held in an Iranian prison since 2011.

In a statement, Kildee said "today Congress spoke with one voice to tell Iran that it cannot continue to hold American prisoners like Amir Hekmati if they are serious about reengaging the global community. The world needs to know Amir's name because he is a real person - not just a pawn in a geopolitical struggle between Iran and the rest of the world."

Watch the video of Kildee's remarks: