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Standing Against the Iran Nuclear Agreement

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Washington, September 16, 2015 | Tiffany Haverly (202-226-8072) | comments

Last week, I joined my colleagues in the House in voting on a series of bills to reject the president’s nuclear agreement with Iran. In pursuing the strategy we did, the House affirmed that President Obama has not abided by the guidelines set in the Iran Nuclear Agreement Review Act, legislation the president signed into law requiring he inform Congress about the terms of any deal reached with Iran.  
I am adamantly opposed to this deal. The more I read about the agreement and hear what many security experts are saying, the more I’m concerned this will jeopardize our national security and regional stability in the Middle East. President Obama presents a false narrative to the American people when he says this the best deal we could reach and the only alternative is war. A bad deal is worse than no deal, and - make no mistake - this is a bad deal.

With this agreement, I have no doubt Iranians will continue to march toward a nuclear bomb. By only allowing inspectors “managed access” to possible nuclear sites, we’re essentially giving Iran the greenlight to cheat the inspection system. Perhaps worst of all, almost every sanction on Iran is on track to be lifted under this agreement. These sanctions are estimated to have cost Iran nearly $160 billion in oil revenues since 2012, which has denied the Iranian regime precious resources necessary to finance terrorist activities they are involved in throughout the region.

The House weighed in on the president’s agreement with a series of three votes. The first was on H.Res. 411, a resolution that states the president has not complied with the Iran Nuclear Agreement Act. I voted yes on this legislation because we still do not have clear information about side deals we only recently learned about. The Iran Nuclear Agreement Act, which I supported—and President Obama signed—requires the administration to submit the agreement in its entirety to Congress. President Obama, however, has again chosen to ignore the law, deciding to only selectively inform Congress of secretive side deals that were important to the agreement being signed by all parties. This is unacceptable, and I strongly believe the president should have to submit every portion of this agreement to Congress for approval.

Next, the House voted on H.R. 3461, legislation to approve the president’s deal. I voted no on this legislation because I believe this agreement is bad for national security and greatly threatens the future of the United States and our regional allies, particularly Israel. Despite Senate Democrats much-publicized filibuster of legislation to disapprove the president’s agreement in the other body, I was proud that 25 Democrats joined Republicans to reject this measure in the House, which failed by a vote of 162 to 269.

Finally, the House voted on H.R. 3460, legislation to prevent the president from waiving, suspending or providing sanction relief of any kind to Iran through January 21, 2017 –  the end of the Obama presidency. I proudly voted yes on this legislation. Sanctions have kept Iran from moving forward with their nuclear program thus far, and even brought the Iranians to the negotiating table. I don’t believe we should lift them until we have a responsible agreement in place that contains Iran’s nuclear ambitions.

You can rest assured I will continue to oppose this deal every opportunity I’m given. This isn’t about Republicans or Democrats, this is about the future of the United States of America and our allies. Had the president negotiated an acceptable agreement, I would have gladly supported it. Unfortunately, the deal he presented to Congress is unacceptable, misguided and irresponsible, and I cannot, in good faith, support it.

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