Chairman Royce Introduces Legislation to Disapprove of Nuclear Agreement with Iran

Aug 4, 2015

“This deal gives up too much, too fast, to a terrorist state – making the world less safe, less secure, and less stable,” says Foreign Affairs Chair

Today, U.S. Rep. Ed Royce (R-CA), Chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, introduced H.J.Res. 64, legislation that would prevent the implementation of the Obama Administration’s nuclear agreement with Iran.  The legislation was introduced consistent with the Iran Nuclear Agreement Review Act, passed and signed into law in May.  Upon the legislation’s introduction, Chairman Royce said:

“I wish the Obama Administration had negotiated a verifiable, enforceable, and accountable agreement.  While a tremendous amount of effort was put into these negotiations, the result falls well short of this standard.  That’s the only conclusion I can come to after dozens of hearings with independent experts who have expressed extreme misgivings about this deal, especially the lifting of the arms embargo on Iran’s ICBM program.  The agreement gives Iran permanent sanctions relief, but in exchange only temporarily restrains Iran’s nuclear program.

“If this agreement goes through, Iran gets a cash bonanza, a boost to its international standing, and a lighted path toward nuclear weapons.  By granting sweeping sanctions relief, we have lessened our ability to challenge Iran’s conduct across the board.  As Iran grows stronger, we will be weaker to respond.

“Yes, passage of this legislation would roil some diplomatic waters.  But the U.S. still wields the most powerful economic sanctions in the world – sanctions Iran desperately needs relief from – sanctions that would continue to deter countries and companies from investing in Iran.

“I do not relish in introducing this consequential legislation.  But the consequences for global security from this agreement are too great.  This deal gives up too much, too fast, to a terrorist state – making the world less safe, less secure, and less stable.”