Bipartisan Senate Majority Rejects Iran Nuclear Deal

AIPAC Press Release
Bipartisan Senate Majority Rejects Iran Nuclear Deal

September 10, 2015

By a solid, bipartisan majority, the Senate today made it clear that it rejects the profoundly flawed nuclear deal with Iran. 

While the American people deserved a direct up or down vote on the resolution of disapproval, the fifty-eight senators who spoke out against the agreement and voted to invoke cloture succeeded in their effort to express opposition to the deal. AIPAC applauds the senators who supported moving to a vote on final passage of the resolution of disapproval. We urge those who have blocked a vote today to reconsider.

The Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) will not block Iran’s path to a bomb, but will enrich and entrench the world’s leading state sponsor of terror. Despite major efforts by proponents of the JCPOA, both Congress and a majority of the American people reject this deal. Indeed, many of the supporters of the agreement express grave reservations that echo the arguments of the opponents. In poll after poll, overwhelming majorities of the American public express their belief that this deal will not work.

In sum, this deeply flawed, unpopular agreement with a distrusted, terrorist-sponsoring regime will lack the imprimatur of either the American people or the Senate. By its vote today, the Senate has sent a strong message to the world that the American people are deeply skeptical about Iran’s willingness to meet its commitments and the long term viability of this agreement. This vote should provide a note of caution -- especially to foreign companies and governments -- about jumping back into Iran.

This is a dangerous moment for America and our allies. Congress and the executive branch must now maintain constant vigilance concerning Iranian compliance with the deal and be ready to move quickly against any Iranian effort to advance its nuclear quest. In addition, we must step up pressure against Iran’s other malign activities and take firm action to support our regional allies, especially Israel.

AIPAC remains strongly committed to continuing our efforts to strengthen the US-Israel relationship and to ensure the security and safety of our democratic ally.