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Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Isakson Praises Committee Passage of Bill to Require Congressional Approval of Any Iran Nuclear Deal

Votes in support of 'Iran Nuclear Agreement Review Act'

WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Johnny Isakson, R-Ga., today released the following statement applauding unanimous passage by the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, of which he is a member, of bipartisan legislation – the Iran Nuclear Agreement Review Act of 2015 (S.615) – that requires the president to submit a final deal with Iran to Congress before reducing or removing sanctions imposed on Iran:

“Iran is the world’s leading sponsor of terrorism, and a nuclear-armed Iran will further destabilize a very volatile region. The United States must do everything we can to prevent Iran from achieving a nuclear weapons capability. Relaxing sanctions against Iran should not even be a consideration until they end their work toward obtaining these weapons.

“With reports of conflicting details of an agreed-upon framework leading to an ultimate deal with Iran, I remain very concerned about any nuclear agreement with Iran. This critical legislation ensures that Congress has a chance to scrutinize the details of the proposed agreement when they are revealed and act on behalf of the American people.

“I am extremely pleased this bill includes the amendment I introduced expressing a sense of Congress that the administration must address the issue of compensation for Americans held hostage by Iran for 444 terrifying days from 1979-1981, as well as the Iranian government’s human rights abuses and support of global terrorism. The Iran hostages sacrificed mightily for our country, and we owe it to them and their families to see to it that the nation of Iran compensates them for the damages perpetrated upon them.”