Washington, DC – Congressman Howard L. Berman (D-CA), chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, today praised President Obama’s commitment to thwarting Iran’s goal of producing nuclear weapons as he signed into law H.R. 2194, the Comprehensive Iran Sanctions, Accountability, and Divestment Act.
“President Obama and his national security team have had unprecedented success in building an international coalition to prevent Iran from acquiring a nuclear weapons capability. I share the President’s sense of urgency about this critical issue, and I strongly commend his decision to sign into law our Iran sanctions bill. Congress and this Administration are partners in this effort, and we will continue to work together to pursue our goal of a peaceful and stable region in the Middle East.
“I supported the President’s efforts to engage Iran diplomatically. But now we must focus on the pressure track, and we hope this legislation—taken together with action by the United Nations and our allies—will provide the President with the tools he needs to persuade Tehran to permanently abandon its nuclear weapons program.
“In the fall I intend to hold a hearing to review the effectiveness of our efforts to achieve this goal.”