Friday, September 11, 2015

Isakson Rejects Iran Nuclear Deal


Senator Johnny Isakson is the Chair of the Senate Veterans Committee and his office issued  the following yesterday:

Thursday, September 10, 2015

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Isakson Rejects Iran Nuclear Deal
Appalled that Senate Democrats blocked up-or-down vote;
Will continue the fight to stop Iran from developing nuclear weapons

WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Johnny Isakson, R-Ga., a member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, today issued the following statement after Senate Democrats blocked an up-or-down vote on President Obama’s nuclear agreement with Iran:
“I am appalled that Senate Democrats are choosing to keep the people of the United States in the dark on where they stand on Iran by blocking an up-or-down vote on the president’s dangerous agreement with Iran. Just four months ago, when the Senate passed the Iran Nuclear Review Act in May, 98 out of the 100 senators were in favor of having an up-or-down vote. Today, Senate Democrats reversed course and blocked having a vote. Americans deserve to know where their senators stand on what is one of the most consequential votes we will cast as elected officials.
“I reject the president’s negotiated nuclear agreement with Iran, and I will vote against it if given the chance. I cannot support any deal that would facilitate Iran’s conventional arms sales in the Middle East. Further, I cannot support any agreement that includes secret side agreements between Iran and the IAEA that my colleagues and I cannot read for ourselves. Worst of all, the United States has negotiated away all of its leverage to enforce accountability by Iran by releasing existing sanctions and removing the ability to impose sanction in the future.
“This is not the end of this debate. This is a bad deal for America; it’s a bad deal for Israel and the world. It’s a bad deal for my children and grandchildren. I reject the agreement on its face and will continue to fight against it.”

Yesterday, Isakson began the Senate debate by urging his colleagues to reject the deal. On Aug. 19, 2015, Isakson officially announced his opposition to the agreement.  He also penned an op-ed articulating his position that appeared in the Atlanta Journal-Constitution on Sept. 4, 2015.

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