09.10.15

Gardner: A Dangerous Deal With Bipartisan Opposition

Gardner Reacts to Senate Democrats’ Filibuster of Iran Deal Vote

Washington, DC – Senator Cory Gardner (R-CO) today released the following statement after Democrats in the United States Senate blocked a vote on the Iran Nuclear Agreement Review Act through a filibuster:

“It’s disgraceful and reckless that Senate Democrats denied the American people a voice in one of the most consequential foreign policy initiatives of our time,” said Gardner. “The Iran Nuclear Agreement Review Act was supported by 98 Senators a few short months ago and signed into law by President Obama this past May, promising Americans that Congress would have the opportunity to review the President’s nuclear deal with Iran. For the same Senate Democrats who touted the importance of a thorough debate to reverse their position and obstruct the vote is shameful. This is a dangerous deal with bipartisan opposition, and I remain committed to working toward a solution that returns the President to the negotiating table.”

Key points on the President’s nuclear deal with Iran:

  • A lack of verification. The “anytime, anyplace” access to Iran’s nuclear facilities the Administration initially promised became “managed access” in the final agreement - meaning international inspectors must request permission from Tehran to inspect military facilities 24 days in advance.
  • Congress is denied the full text of a secret side deal between Iran and the IAEA that will reportedly allow Iran to conduct “self-inspections” at certain facilities.
  • The deal provides the regime with $100-$150 billion, allowing Iran to double down on its terrorism activities, including its support for Hezbollah, Hamas, and the murderous Assad regime in Syria.
  • It lifts sanctions on entities such as EIKO, a vast conglomerate of companies controlled by Ayatollah Khamenei, estimated at nearly $100 billion. Also, the deal lifts sanctions on international nonproliferation violators, including Mohsen Fakhrizadeh-Mahabadi, known as the “father” of the Iranian nuclear program.
  • The deal lifts the small arms embargo on the Iranian Regime after just five years, and the ballistic missile embargo after just eight years.

                                                                 

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Cory Gardner is a member of the U.S. Senate serving Colorado. He sits on the Energy & Natural Resources Committee, the Foreign Relations Committee, the Commerce, Science, & Transportation Committee, and the Small Business & Entrepreneurship Committee, and is the Chairman of the Subcommittee on East Asia, the Pacific, and International Cybersecurity Policy. 

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