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Gibbs Voices Disapproval of Iran Deal

September 11, 2015 - 1:06 PM

WASHINGTON, DC – Congressman Gibbs released the following statement after voting against the approval of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action:

“Today, the House sent clear a message to the President by voting to not approve the deal Secretary Kerry made with Iran.  The terms of the agreement fall woefully short of what is necessary to ensure the safety of the United States and its allies.  The goal of these negotiations should have been to prevent Iran from obtaining nuclear weapons, not to give Tehran free rein to do so after the deal expires.  Nor should we unfreeze $150 billion in assets, allowing the Iranian regime to fund terrorist organizations.

“As I have said for months, ‘anytime, anywhere’ inspections are mandatory for any agreement. But we have learned that Iran has the ability to delay and protest inspections for as many as 68 days, possibly longer. We have also learned that Iran negotiated ‘side deals,’ one of which allows them to inspect themselves at a particular site.

“It is reckless to lift economic and military sanctions in exchange for hoping the Iranians will change their ways.  Even as Congress debated and considered this deal, the leader of Iran was calling for the destruction of Israel within 25 years.  We cannot allow such threats and rhetoric to be rewarded with money and arms.”

Another resolution, H. Res. 411, sponsored by Representative Mike Pompeo, states that the House finds the President out of compliance with the Iran Nuclear Agreement Review Act, passed by Congress and signed by President Obama earlier this year.  A provision of the Act states that all information, including ‘side agreements,’ is to be transmitted to Congress for a vote.  After announcement of the agreement and transmission to Congress, news reports claimed the existence of separate deals between Iran and the International Atomic Energy Agency.  These side agreements were not included in the details given to Congress to review.

Congressman Bob Gibbs voted in favor of holding the President out of compliance.  After the vote, Gibbs provided the following quote:

“Today’s vote shows the President how serious Congress is in reviewing the Iran nuclear deal.  The law states that all information must be given to Congress in order for the 60-day congressional review period to even begin.  The President’s decision to omit the side deals between Iran and the IAEA is another example of his disregard for the law.  This is a matter of national and global security.  We cannot allow the enactment of a deal that rewards Iran with sanctions relief and the ability to inspect itself.  It is irresponsible to the security of the United States and the safety of our key allies in the Middle East.”

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