AIPAC Commends House Armed Services Committee for Strong Stance on Iran's Nuclear Quest
AIPAC commends the House Armed Services Committee for unanimously approving several provisions for the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2014 that affirm America’s opposition to Iran’s quest for a nuclear weapon and support of Israel’s ability to defend itself against the Islamist regime.
The committee, led by Chairman Buck McKeon (R-CA) and Adam Smith (D-WA), reinforced three key elements of American policy: tough diplomacy to dismantle Iran’s nuclear weapons infrastructure, strong sanctions enforcement, and a credible military option.
The committee approved an amendment by Rep. Doug Lamborn (R-CO) stressing that any agreement with Iran must prevent it from acquiring nuclear weapons capability. The amendment reflects current law and serves as a reminder that Congress must be involved in any lifting of statutory sanctions. In an amendment by Reps. Peter Roskam (R-IL) and Jackie Walorski (R-IN), the committee also affirmed the importance of a congressional oversight role by requiring the Obama administration to report on the status of Iran’s nuclear program and its compliance with the interim nuclear agreement.
In related provisions, the committee expressed strong support for U.S. allies in the region affected by the Iranian threat, including Israel and the Gulf Cooperation Council. It advocated strengthening the U.S. forward military presence to deter Iran from any aggressive military action and to improve America’s military capability to address such a threat. The committee also strongly supported Israel’s ability to defend itself against the threat from Iran and its regional proxies like Hezbollah by increasing funding for the Arrow, David’s Sling, and Iron Dome programs.
AIPAC urges the full House and Senate to continue to play a strong role on this critical issue. AIPAC urges Congress to do its utmost to prevent Iran from acquiring a nuclear weapons capability and to help Israel acquire the means necessary for self-defense.