04.29.15

Senator David Perdue Supports Bipartisan Iran Nuclear Agreement Review

Calls For Congressional Review To Prevent President’s Free Hand With Iran

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senator David Perdue (R-GA) today spoke about his support for the Iran Nuclear Agreement Review Act. The bipartisan legislation allows the American people, through Congress, to have final approval on President Obama’s nuclear negotiations with Iran. The bill passed the Senate Foreign Relations Committee in a unanimous, bipartisan fashion – 19-0.

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Transcript:

I rise to speak in favor of the Iran Nuclear Agreement Review Act.

First, I want to commend my colleagues Senator Corker and Senator Cardin for their leadership on this important, bipartisan legislation.

Because of their crucial leadership, the Foreign Relations Committee recently passed this bill unanimously, in a 19-0 vote.

One thing that’s so important to remember as we debate this bill, is that without this legislation, we would not have a say at all on the president’s nuclear deal with Iran.

Now, I’ll be the first to say that an international agreement of this magnitude should have been considered the same as a treaty.

But unfortunately, the President chose to completely circumvent Congress in this process.

The Senate Foreign Relations Committee, of which I am a member, did all that we could to ensure that the American people, by way of Congress, get a say in this deal.

If we let the perfect become the enemy of the good, however, and fail to pass this bill, the President will be able to go ahead and implement any and all aspects of a nuclear deal with Iran.

This bill prevents the President from having a totally free hand with regard to this potential deal with Iran, and from prematurely lifting sanctions.

That lifting of sanctions would mean, according to CRS, an estimated one hundred and thirty billion dollars in sanctions relief would start flowing to Iran – that’s more than Iran’s entire annual defense budget.

Imagine what they could do with over one hundred billion dollars: they could continue to fund terrorism, they could continue to prop up Assad’s regime in Syria, they could continue to fuel the Houthi rebellion in Yemen, and yes, further fund development of their nuclear weapons program.

Congress passed the very sanctions credited with bringing Iran to the table, and I firmly believe that Congress should play a role in any decision to lift those sanctions.

While the President may be able to waive sanctions on Iran later this year, permanent sanction relief can only come from Congress.

My colleagues and I still have many questions about this deal, and we must take this opportunity to get a period of congressional review, so we can get answers to these questions, and prevent the President from prematurely lifting sanctions.

We are truly facing a global crisis, and the world is watching.

As Prime Minister Netanyahu recently said before Congress, a nuclear deal with Iran is not just a threat to Middle East security, it is not just a threat to U.S. security, it is a threat indeed to global security. 

There is no scenario in which a nuclear Iran would be anything but catastrophic. Indeed, a nuclear Iran would spark a wave of proliferation in the Middle East, and potentially worldwide.

And if we don’t like Iran’s behavior today, imagine what their actions will be like if they have a nuclear weapon with the missiles to deliver them.

Under no circumstances, can we allow Iran to become a nuclear weapons state, not now, not in 10 years, not ever.

Thank you, Mr. President.