Says agreement would “legitimize Iran’s nuclear program”
Posted on September 10, 2015
WASHINGTON, D.C., Sept. 10 – U.S. Sen. Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) today made the following statement after Senate Democrats prevented the Senate from voting to disapprove the president’s nuclear agreement with Iran:
“The vote today of 58 senators showed that a bipartisan Senate majority agrees with the majority of Americans that President Obama’s Iran agreement is a bad deal for the United States. Forty-two Senate Democrats blocked the Senate from having a vote on the president’s agreement. The president’s nuclear agreement with Iran legitimizes Iran’s nuclear program and encourages an arms race in the most unstable part of the world. The agreement takes the pressure off Iran at a time when pressure is likely to succeed.
“I believe the United States should negotiate with Iran, but should do so from a position of strength as we did with the Soviet Union. Disapproval of this deal makes it clear that Congress is willing to confront Iran’s non-nuclear illegal and inhumane activities. As Abraham D. Sofaer, former Legal Adviser to Secretaries of State George P. Shultz and James Baker, advised the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, a program of increased pressure on Iran, combined with a broader-purposed, more effective diplomacy, should be devised to force Iran to accept established norms of international conduct. This would be the safer path for our country and for the world.”
The Senate vote was 58 to 42. A bipartisan group of 58 senators voted today to allow an up or down vote on a resolution to disapprove of President Obama’s nuclear agreement with Iran. Forty-two Senate Democrats voted to block the Senate from having an up or down vote.
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