Our men and women in uniform—and their families—make tremendous sacrifices so that we can live safe and free. They deserve our full support, and I will work tirelessly to ensure that our country meets its obligation to them.
I reluctantly supported the president’s first request to Congress for support to combat ISIS because I believed at that time that ISIS was a direct threat to Americans. In my judgment, this plan by the president doesn't go far enough to root out this evil. Air power is an effective tool in the larger fight against ISIS, but it will take a sustained effort to defeat an enemy driven by an ideology of hate. But doing nothing should not and cannot be an option. I look forward to working with the next administration to develop a comprehensive strategy to stop the advancement of ISIS’ murderous ideology all over the world.
Iran Nuclear Deal
I believe that the United States should not engage with Tehran diplomatically until there is an absolute cessation of both Iran's nuclear program and its support for terrorism around the world. Sadly, it is clear that the Obama administration has been more interested in coming to any agreement than an agreement that is in our strategic interest. We need to renew sanctions and provide international leadership to put more economic pressure on the Iranian government.
I strongly opposed the Iran Nuclear Agreement and believe it does not do enough to protect America and the rest of the world from a nuclear Iran. I gave a speech on the House floor to oppose the deal, which you can view here, and I proudly joined a bipartisan majority in voting against H.R. 3461, legislation to approve the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action on the Iran nuclear program. This motion to approve the deal failed to pass the House by a vote of 162 to 269.
This misguided and dangerous agreement must be stopped, and I will oppose it at every turn. I do not believe we can risk the security of the United States and our most important regional ally, Israel, by prematurely reducing sanctions when the Iranian leadership appears to have no genuine interest in abiding by the terms of a final deal. Iranians still march through the streets chanting "death to America." We should take them at their word.