Overwhelming House Majority Adopts Iran Review Legislation

AIPAC Press Release
Overwhelming House Majority Adopts Iran Review Legislation

May 14, 2015

AIPAC applauds the House of Representatives for its overwhelming passage of the Iran Nuclear Agreement Review Act of 2015. The adoption of this important, bipartisan legislation following Senate passage last week provides Congress with a critical mechanism to evaluate a nuclear weapons agreement with Iran. 

AIPAC continues to support diplomatic efforts to reach an agreement that prevents Iran from achieving a nuclear weapons capability. However, we have many serious concerns about the framework agreement that have only deepened since it was announced last month. These concerns include the issues of infrastructure dismantlement, pace of sanctions relief, disclosure of prior weaponization efforts, inspections procedures and the duration of restrictions on Iran’s nuclear program.

The Iran review legislation assures Congress a means to scrutinize and evaluate how these issues are addressed in any nuclear weapons agreement. While we hope the negotiations will result in a good agreement, we agree with the president that “no deal is better than a bad deal.” Given the Iranian regime’s flagrant disregard for international restrictions on its nuclear program, we fear that Tehran would seize the opportunity offered by a weak agreement to attain a nuclear weapons capability – ultimately leading to a regional nuclear arms race.

As the negotiations continue, Congress will continue to have an important role. We urge members of Congress in the coming weeks to address the concerns that have been raised by the framework and the standards by which an agreement must be judged. And we urge that they prepare themselves to evaluate an agreement so that they can vote in accordance with the provisions of the Iran Nuclear Agreement Review Act.