Arizona Congressmen on Iran deal: Amateur Hour at the State Department
Rep. Gosar on Iranian Nuclear Agreement: Once Again It’s Amateur Hour at the State Department
FLORENCE, ARIZ. – Congressman Paul A. Gosar, D.D.S. (AZ-04), issued the following statement in regard to President Obama’s proclamation of an agreement with Iran about its nuclear ambition:
“It’s unfortunate that President Obama caved to the historically-false assurances of the Iranian regime. This agreement will not end Iran’s nuclear program or ensure peace. It does, however, validate Iran’s claim to nuclear weapons.
“At no point did the President obtain any assurance that Iran will not use its weaponry to ‘wipe Israel off the map’ as promised by the Islamic regime. The President failed to obtain the release of Christians held prisoner in Iran, including Pastor Abedini, who has been imprisoned for over a year.
“The President agreed to lift effective sanctions and received nothing of value in return.
“Once again, it’s amateur hour at the State Department.
“I stand with Israel and its right to self-defense. That is why I continue to push for passage of H.Res.98, which reaffirms Israel’s right to protect itself.”
President Obama recently announced an agreement with Iran that does not prohibit Iran from developing its nuclear arsenal but partially lifts sanctions that were working. The agreement gives validation to Iran’s program, contrary to various United Nations Resolutions. The agreement is so poorly negotiated that Israel called it an historic mistake.
Rep. Gosar’s H.Res.98 is a resolution expressing the House of Representatives’ unwavering support of Israel’s right to defend itself against acts of war. The resolution affirms that Israel has the moral and legal right to defend itself against existential threats such as the one posed by Iran.
Rep. Gosar is a member of the Israel Allies Caucus and introduced similar legislation in the 112th Congress.
H.Res.98 currently has 31 co-sponsors. These co-sponsors are listed below:
Rep. Jim Bridenstine (OK-01)
Rep. Paul Broun (GA-10)
Rep. Michael Burgess (TX-26)
Rep. Mike Coffman (CO-06)
Rep. Mike Conaway (TX-11)
Rep. Tom Cotton (AR-04)
Rep. Jeff Duncan (SC-03)
Rep. Trent Franks (AZ-08)
Rep. Bob Goodlatte (VA-06)
Rep. Tom Graves (GA-14)
Rep. Morgan Griffith (VA-09)
Rep. Michael Grimm (NY-11)
Rep. Vicky Hartzler (MO-04)
Rep. Steve King (IA-04)
Rep. Leonard Lance (NJ-07)
Rep. Robert Latta (OH-05)
Rep. Billy Long (MO-07)
Rep. Blaine Luetkemeyer (MO-03)
Rep. Cynthia Lummis (WY)
Rep. David McKinley (WV-01)
Rep. Mark Meadows (NC-11)
Rep. John Mica (FL-07)
Rep. Markwayne Mullin (OK-02)
Rep. Alan Nunnelee (MS-01)
Rep. Steven Palazzo (MS-04)
Rep. Matt Salmon (AZ-05)
Rep. David Schweikert (AZ-06)
Rep. Steve Southerland (FL-02)
Rep. Steve Stivers (OH-15)
Rep. Randy Weber (TX-14)
Rep. Lynn Westmoreland (GA-03)
Salmon Statement on Iran Nuclear Agreement
Washington—Today, Rep. Matt Salmon (AZ-05) released the following statement regarding the interim, six-month Iranian nuclear agreement:
“I have deep concerns regarding last night’s news that the negotiators have reached an agreement on the future of Iran’s dangerous nuclear program.
“Reportedly, this agreement proposes a six month freeze of the Iranian enrichment program and in return Iran will receive over $6 billion in sanctions relief.
“Unfortunately, Iran has proven itself time and time again to be untrustworthy when making deals and there has been no concrete proof that they have changed their tune this time around. Lifting the sanctions that are proving successful without dismantling the Iranian nuclear program is not good for America’s national interest or the interests of our allies in the region.”