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Congressman Jim Bridenstine Votes for Congressional Review of Iran Deal

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Washington, May 14, 2015 | Sheryl Kaufman, Communications Director (202-225-2211) | comments

Today, Congressman Jim Bridenstine voted to support H.R. 1191, the Iran Nuclear Agreement Review Act of 2015, legislation mandating Congressional review of a final nuclear deal with Iran.  H.R. 1191 passed the House overwhelmingly 400-25.  The Senate passed this bill 98-1. 

 

Tough congressional sanctions brought Iran to the negotiating table.  The Obama Administration squandered the leverage provided by Congress on a series of weak interim agreements.  Under current law, President Obama could bypass Congress, sign a final deal with Iran, and unilaterally waive or suspend sanctions.  To stop the President, H.R. 1191 does the following:

  • Requires the President to submit a final deal to Congress for review
  • Prohibits sanctions relief during the Congressional review period
  • Allows Congress to vote on disapproving the deal and keeping sanctions in place, and
  • Allows expedited consideration of new sanctions if Iran is caught cheating

Congressman Bridenstine said:

“Iran is an Islamist theocracy, the world’s number one state sponsor of terrorism, and is pledged to Israel’s destruction.  I have no confidence that President Obama will negotiate a deal which stops Iran from getting a nuclear weapons capability.  Thus far, the President has essentially paid Tehran to negotiate and given the mullahs concession after concession.  The Iran Nuclear Agreement Review Act gets Congress off the sidelines and into the game.  The bill allows Congress full access to the final deal and a chance to disapprove sanctions relief.  H.R. 1191 also gives Congress an expedited avenue to slap sanctions back on if Iran cheats.”

 

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