WASHINGTON –U.S. Senator John Boozman (R-AR) released the following statement after Senate passage of the Iran Nuclear Agreement Review Act.
“A nuclear armed Iran would be a threat to the United States, our allies and the world as a whole. While I do believe that resolving this crisis diplomatically is in everyone’s best interest, the framework the administration has presented gives little confidence that this resolution is the right one. It appears that the Obama Administration and the regime in Tehran can’t even agree on what the framework says.
While I understand my colleagues desire to strengthen the bill, and was supportive of some of their efforts, Congress cannot simply walk away without having a say in this vital national security matter that has been negotiated behind closed doors.
Without this bill, there will be no review of the Iran deal. There would be nothing stopping President Obama from signing a bad agreement with Iran. There would be no limitation on the President’s ability to waive sanctions and it would be much more difficult for Congress to reinstate sanctions should Iran fail to live up to its end of the bargain. It was sanctions that brought the Iranians to the table in the first place. If they are unilaterally removed, the Iranians will have no reason to carry out their commitments.
We have a responsibility to ensure that Iran never achieves its goal of becoming a nuclear power. Passage of this bill restores Congress’s ability to ensure any deal with Iran is verifiable, enforceable and accountable. Without it, the ability for the U.S. and our allies to hold Iran accountable to its promises is virtually non-existent.”
Background: The Iran Nuclear Agreement Review Act of 2015 would require the president to submit any final nuclear deal with Iran to Congress before being able to waive or suspend congressional sanctions. Senator Boozman is one of 66 cosponsors of the bill. The strong bipartisan support for the bill forced President Obama to lift his veto threat.