House Freedom Caucus Opposes President Obama’s Iran Deal, Urges Congress to Reject
The House Freedom Caucus released the following statement regarding the President’s deal with Iran:
“The United States used congressionally-approved sanctions to weaken Iran's regime, economy, and capacity to foment terrorism. In 2013, the House overwhelmingly passed enhanced sanctions designed to turn the screws on the Ayatollah and his henchmen even further. Instead of proceeding down a path of coercive diplomacy, the Obama administration pursued a course of negotiations marked by unilateral concessions to the world's leading state-sponsor of terrorism. The result is a so-called Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action that confers international legitimacy to Iran's nuclear infrastructure and will spark further instability in the Middle East.
This deal gives Iran more than $100 billion, which Iran will use to fund terrorism. It paves Iran's path to a nuclear bomb and makes the international community complicit in the development of Iran's program. The inspections regime is weak and the existence of secret deals between Iran and the IAEA regarding Iran's military use of nuclear technology may in fact render the inspections worthless.
The President’s decision to bring this deal to the United Nations Security Council for approval before coming to Congress is an insult to the American people. When he ran for reelection, President Obama promised that any deal with Iran would require Iran to give up its nuclear program. That this deal falls far short of what the President promised is no excuse for trying to cut the American people out of the process.
The House Freedom Caucus therefore opposes the President’s deal with the Iranian regime and urges Congress to reject it.”